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Library Resources for W290: Thinking about Information

This guide is designed to connect W290 students with the resources needed for library research.

Thinking about Information

This exercise is designed to help you develop the ability to:

1. Define information need and amount of information needed

2. Identify type of information contained in a source and recognize purpose of type of information

3. Identify the value of potential resources in a variety of formats  

Information Sources

 Review the information sources linked below and answer the following questions:

    • What type of information source is this?  Is it news, scholarly, professional, opinion, etc.?
    • Why was this source published?  What is its purpose?  Who is its audience?
    • How were you able to make the above determinations?  What specific aspects of these information sources did you look at, analyze, read, think about, etc.?  In other words, what are the clues that help you make evaluations about these information sources?
    • Would you use this source for a paper? Why or why not?

1.  Young, Jeffrey R.  Teaching With Twitter: Not for the Faint of Heart. Chronicle of Higher Education, 11/27/2009, Vol. 56, Issue 14.  Permalink.

2.  Waycott, Jenny; Bennett, Sue; Kennedy, Gregor; Dalgarno, Barney; Gray, Kathleen.  Digital divides? Student and staff perceptions of information and communication technologies . Computers & Education, May2010, Vol. 54 Issue 4, p1202-1211. Permalink.

3.  Korn, Melissa.  iPad struggles at some colleges.  Wall Street Journal. Apr 19, 2010. pg. B.8.  Permalink.

4.  Roblyer, M.D.; McDaniel, Michelle; Webb, Marsena; Herman, James; Witty, James Vince. Findings on Facebook in higher education: A comparison of college faculty and students uses and perceptions of social networking sites.  Internet & Higher Education, Jun2010, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p134-140Permalink. 




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