Passport to Information Literacy : Objectives

Upon the completion of Passport to Information Literacy, the student will be able to:

General orientation
1. identify and locate the following collections in the Hartzler Library: Main, Reference, Curriculum, Juvenile, Historical
2. differentiate between a catalog and an index
3. identify the status of items in Sadie: whether checked out, available, etc.
4. use the structure of Dewey Decimal Classification as a browsing mechanism
5. locate current periodicals and back issues of periodicals

6. use the Sadie "Quick Search" function to search by author, title, and keyword
7. use 3 functions of Sadie to identify subject headings: browse subject, cross references, hotlinks
8. limit searches by location, date or type of material
9. differentiate between record, field, and citation
10. use truncation when constructing searches in Sadie
11. use Boolean operators (and, or, not) in the "Complex Search" screen in Sadie

Controlled vocabulary
12. differentiate between keyword and subject searching
13. define "controlled vocabulary," "subject headings" and "thesaurus"
14. distinguish between subject headings and subdivisions

Periodical indexes
15. use print periodical indexes to identify relevant articles
16. identify the elements of citations in periodical indexes
17. use the Periodical Holdings List to identify titles and issues held at EMU
18. identify the appropriate access points of a citation to use to search in Sadie
19. when both options are available, determine when to use a print index vs. an online index

External databases and Interlibrary Loans
20. search WorldCat to identify books to obtain via ILL
21. search FirstSearch to identify periodical articles to obtain via ILL
22. search EbscoHost to identify full-text articles
23. request ILLs electronically on FirstSearch
24. identify online databases that require password access and know where to obtain those passwords
25. determine when it is appropriate to use ILL

26. evaluate resources based on the following factors: authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, suitability
27. differentiate between periodicals, magazines and journals
28. differentiate between popular and scholarly periodicals

Reference resources
29. identify kinds of resources typically found in a reference collection
30. identify broader terms of a research topic in order to identify appropriate reference tools and periodical indexes
31. differentiate between 2 kinds of questions (factual and conceptual) and identify the kind of reference tool needed to answer each kind of question
32. differentiate between general and specialized encyclopedias/dictionaries

Stages of information and research strategy
33. understand how the passage of time influences the availability of information on a specific topic, and identify appropriate resources to retrieve information at different stages of development
34. construct an effective research strategy: defining a preliminary topic and identifying terminology, using appropriate research tools to retrieve initial resources, refining the topic as needed, gathering additional resources 35. distinguish between primary and secondary sources
36. identify key concepts/terms of a research project, plus related terms
37. identify 3 potential sources for bibliographies for research topics: published bibliographies, specialized encyclopedias, footnotes/bibliographies in monographs

Copyright and plagiarism
38. define plagiarism and understand the penalty for violation at EMU
39. understand the implications of copyright law as it effects research and writing

40. identify and execute a simple search in 3 different Internet search engines

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