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Library User Instruction: Lessons/Tutorials


Lesson #1: Information Organization and Physical Resource Searching.
  • ‚ÄčThis lesson introduces students to the library as learning space and formal library organization. Students are introduced to (a) the general classification of information sources (fiction, non-fiction, reference, etc.); (b) physical layout of books in the library; (c) importance of signage in identifying possible locations for desired information sources; (d) introduction to subject classification and Dewey Decimal System.

  • Primary Lesson Goal: Students will develop and apply logical search strategies to the satisfaction of general information needs. How to satisfy information need through physical searching.


Lesson #2: SOAR and Electronic Resource Searching.
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Lesson #3: Searching using Google Scholar.
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Lesson #4: Introduction to CPS Databases.
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Lesson #5: Advanced Database Searching
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Lesson #6: Evaluating the Quality of Web Information.

The duel edged sword of Web-based information:
  • Anyone, in theory, can publish on the Web; therefore, it is imperative for users of the Web to develop a critical eye to evaluate the credibility of Internet information. Searching for sources on the WWW involves using a search engine, a directory, or some combination of these two. Because there is so much information on the Web, good and bad, finding what you want is not an exact science and can be time consuming.
  • According to Nicholas C. Burbules, "....the Web is not an ordinary reference system; it poses some unique and, in many respects, unprecedented conditions that complicate the task of sorting out dependable from undependable information--and even complicates the notion that we have a clear sense of that distinction. How to differentiate credible from fraudulent information is not a new problem, but unraveling these in the context of a vast rapidly changing networked system is" (Paradoxes of the Web: The Ethical Dimensions of Credibility, Library Trends, Wntr 2001 v49 i3 p441, Introduction). From: Virginia Montecino, George Mason University Library.

  • Primary Lesson Goal: NOT to demonstrate "time saving tricks" but to introduce, model, and practice a SYSTEMATIC process applicable when evaluating the quality and usability of ANY website resource.




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