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Information Literacy Objectives & Assessment

ILOs and Assessments for the Library, Fall 2020

Objective 1

Determine the information need

FRAMEWORK: RESEARCH AS INQUIRY

Lesson Objectives: Upon completion of information literacy instruction, students should be able to:

  1. Recognize the different characteristics of popular and scholarly sources.
  2. Recognize the different characteristics of primary and secondary sources.

1a: Popular vs. Scholarly Sources (SR Code Added)

Recognize the different characteristics of popular and scholarly sources.

  • Bring physical copies of popular magazines and scholarly journals. Have students break up into groups to discuss differences. As a class discuss the differences & point out what students missed.

Sources: Scholarly vs. Popular Author: In scholarly articles, the author's credentials are given, usually a scholar with subject expertise. In popular articles, the author may not be named; a professional writer or journalist who publishes on a wide variety of topics and lacks subject expertise. Audience: For scholarly articles, the audience is scholars, researchers, students. For popular articles, the audience is the general public. Citation: In scholarly articles, sources are cited in footnotes and/or a bibliography. In popular articles, citations are rare. Scanty, if any information about sources. Review: Scholarly articles are peer-reviewed or referred by scholars in a similar or the same field. Popular articles are not reviewed or reviewed by non-specialized editors. Publisher: Scholarly articles are usually published by an academic or scholarly press. Popular articles may have no publisher, and unknown publisher or be published by a popular press that publishes a wide range or popular sources. Format: Scholarly sources are found in books or scholarly journal articles. Popular sources can be found in magazines, websites, and newspapers.

1b: Primary vs. Secondary

Recognize the different characteristics of primary and secondary sources.

  • Short explanation two types of sources. Try to use examples students can relate to (e.g. journal, blog, autobiography/memoir, photographs vs. textbook, biography, book/movie reviews, etc.)
  • Ask students to compare a primary and secondary source on the same topic. 
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