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Module IV Use Information Effectively Tutorial Information Literacy: The Research Connection

If you are here, your responses on Module IV of the survey were less than 100% correct. Please complete this short tutorial and retake the survey. •The information literate student is able to effectively use information •This module will cover effectively using information to meet an information need

After completing this module you may retake the module IV survey


Module IV Use Information Effectively

According to Webster’s Dictionary, relevant means:

What does relevant mean?

•Relation to the matter at hand; affording evidence tending to prove or disprove the matter at issue or under discussion •Implies a traceable, significant, logical connection

Information Literacy: The Research Connection


Module IV Use Information Effectively Obtaining medical care To use information effectively, you must first be able to determine its relevance and reliability for meeting your information need

Buying a car

Completing an assignment in a class, or

For example: Taking a trip

Information Literacy: The Research Connection


Module IV Use Information Effectively

Quality and reliability of information,

Being Information Literate means that you are able to determine the:

Relevance of information, and

Effective use the information through quotations, paraphrasing, or summarizing.

Information Literacy: The Research Connection


Module IV Use Information Effectively Clarify my information need? When considering the use of information you have located, ask, will the use of the information:

Relevance example:

Have a useful and logical supportive connection to my information need?

Tend to prove or disprove the focus of my information need?

Information Literacy: The Research Connection


Module IV Use Information Effectively The quality and reliability of information can be judged largely by its source

Quality and reliability of information:

•Books- These are, generally, the most reliable full picture of information •Reference books-They contain background information and short summaries of issues •Magazines-They are written by journalist with limited or no review for accuracy •Trade publications- Often written by professional but are not reviewed for accuracy •Newspapers-Article are generally written by journalist and are not reviewed •Journals-Written by expert and professionals but not peer reviewed for accuracy •Peer reviewed journals-Written by expert or professional and is reviewed for accuracy and reliability •Internet- Anyone can place information on the internet and it is not reviewed for accuracy and reliability. One must rely on the domains: .org, .gov, or .edu.

•Information Literacy: The Research Connection


Module IV Use Information Effectively

•Take good notes during the information collection process

To use information effectively it is important to:

•Know what bibliographic citation your information need requires

•Collect accurate bibliographic information during the initial search process

Information Literacy: The Research Connection


Module IV Use Information Effectively

If your information need statement is:

And your search terms are:

•George, Washington, wooden, teeth.

Information Literacy: The Research Connection


Module IV Use Information Effectively

Can your information need be satisfied with:

Magazine articles •Peer reviewed •Journal •Trade publication, or •Poplar magazine

Internet information •.org •.edu •.gov •.com •other

Books •Reference •Handbooks •Poplar books

Expert Information Literacy: The Research Connection


Module IV Use Information Effectively

You will need relevant , credible and reliable information to support your position as to whether or not you proposition is true, untrue or likely.

Ask, what level of credibility or reliability is required for your information need?

Information Literacy: The Research Connection


Module IV Use Information Effectively

To use information effectively, it is essential to understand the nature of the need and the nature of the information available to fill the need. You have completed the Module IV tutorial. You can return to and retake the Module IV survey by clicking here.

Information Literacy: The Research Connection

Module 4 Information Literacy skills: Using Information Effectively  

Information Literacy skills, research skills, using information effectively

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