Proposed Syllabus for 2011-2012

Part I: Digital Citizenship (Ribble & Bailey, Ohler, Johnson, Richardson)

  • Digital access
  • Digital commerce
  • Digital communication
  • Digital literacy
  • Digital etiquette
  • Digital law
  • Digital rights and responsibilities
  • Digital health and wellness
  • Digital security

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Part II: What is information? (Burkhardt, Badke)

  • History of information
  • Information explosion
  • What is information?
  • Information anxiety
  • Where does information come from?
  • What kind of information is it?
  • The quality of information
  • Information today: the state of the art

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Part III: Introduction to searching on the Internet (Hartman & Ackerman, Sauers)

  • Introduction
  • Using the Web for research
  • Evaluating information found on the Web

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Part IV: RADCAB (a rubric for evaluating information on the Internet)(Christensson)

  • R: relevancy
  • A: appropriateness
  • D: detail
  • C: currency
  • A: authority
  • B: bias

Part V: Basic Web Literacy (November, Richardson, Hartman & Ackerman, Shelly)

  • Domain names
  • URLs
  • How search engines work
  • Who controls information on the Internet?
  • How to validate information on the Web
  • Web basics for critical thinking
  • Research outside the box: blogs, wikis, podcasts, RSS)

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Part VI: Discovering the Internet (Shelly)

  • History of the Internet
  • Defining the Internet
  • Browsing the Web
  • Searching the Web

Part VII: Using the Internet for Research (Barker & Terry, Devine & Egger-Sider, Hock, Hartman & Ackerman, Badke, Bell)

  • Searching the Internet effectively
  • Constructing complex searching (Boolean)
  • Learning about the Invisible Web
  • Browing subject guides
  • Finding specialty information

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Part VIII: Advanced Internet Research Skills I (Hock, Hartman & Ackerman, Barker & Terry, Badke, Shelly, O Dochartaigh, Bell)

  • Search strategies for search engines
  • Specialized databases
  • Searching for multimedia
  • Working and learning together by sharing information
  • Finding books
  • Finding articles
  • Subject guides revisited
  • Blogs, wikis, podcasts, RSS revisited
  • Searching the keyword search engines
  • Interaction, news and multimedia
  • Government documents, archives, statistics
  • Evaluation and citation

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Part IX: Advanced Internet Research Skills II (Badke, Bell)

  • Database searching with keywords and hierarchies
  • Metadata and the power of controlled vocabularies
  • Library catalogs and journal databases

Part X: Copyright (Waxer, Hock, Hartman & Ackerman)

  • Why copyright matters
  • Unauthorized Use and Fair Use

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Part XI: The Research Paper Clinic (Badke, Ballenger, Burkhardt et al., Stripling, Loertscher)

  • The importance of getting curious
  • Developing a research strategy
  • Writing in the middle (note-taking, paraphrasing, summarization)
  • Getting to the draft
  • Revisiting for purpose

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