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Library Resources for Providence High School W131: Library Instruction Activity

Gus Grenadier wants to know!

If Gus Grenadier were to walk into our classroom right now and ask us the following question, what would we tell him?

 

Gus says:

 

"My professors keep telling me that I need to use credible sources, but I'm not really sure what that means. Can you help me?"

 

How would you answer Gus's question? On the index card provided, list three characteristics that indicate an information source is credible. I will collect them and we will discuss as a group how to define credibility and why it matters.

Now it's your turn!

Using the databases available through Inspire.netconduct your own search on your topic.

But wait! Before you get started, think carefully about your topic and brainstorm the keywords and concepts associated with that topic. Use those words to construct a search phrase. Library database searching is not like Google searching--you have to translate your topic into database language.

Use the worksheet below to help you brainstorm keywords and search phrases.

 

 

Activity Instructions

Instructions

For Source #1, do the following:

Click the link, briefly skim the site, and then answer the following questions:

1) Is this website a credible source? Why or why not?
2) Would you use this source if you were writing a paper on this topic? Why or why not?

 

For Source #2, do the following:

Click the link and then scroll down to see the full text of the article. Read the article--skimming to get a general overview is okay for this activity--and answer the following questions.

1) Is this article a credible source? Why or why not?
2) Would you use this source if you were writing a paper on this topic? Why or why not?

For Source #3, do the following:

Click the link and then click on PDF Full-Text on the left side of the page to access the article. Read the article--skimming to get a general overview is okay--and answer the following questions.

1) Is this article a credible source? Why or why not?
2) Would you use this source if you were writing a paper on this topic? Why or why not?

 

Pros/Cons

To wrap things up, I would like you to take two index cards (I will distribute these). On one index card write PRO. On the other write CON. As quickly as you can, list as many pros and cons as you can think of for using library resources for completing class assignments. I will collect these cards and we'll discuss your responses as a group, time permitting.

 

 

Peer Review in 3 Minutes