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Course: IT 100

 

COURSE OUTLINE FOR MODULE 2: INFORMATION SEARCHING TECHNIQUES

Methods of Instructions: Lecturers, demonstrations, practical sessions, group assignments and seminars

Methods of Evaluation: Assessment will be done through written tests and examinations

Module Content

1. Introduction to information literacy

  • Define data and information concepts
  • Define and articulate the need for information (concept mapping and other techniques, formulating an effective research question, using general and subject encyclopedias)
  • Identify potential sources of information (i.e. primary, secondary, tertiary, reference, and in-house literature)and their availability at the library
  • Differentiate between free web, invisible web, and fee-based e-resources

2. Search and retrieve information

  • Overview of library services, library website and library guides on e-resources
  • Construct and implement searching techniques: use googlelogy, boolean operators, phrase, wildcards, field searching
  • Search library catalogue and other academic databases (such as, HINARI, CABI)
  • Open access journals and repository: search free and/or open access e-resources including e-journals and e-books
  • Other different publishing models that help make content more widely available

3. Evidence Based Practice (EBP)

  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)
  • Formulate a well-built clinical question including types of questions and studies
  • EBP searching strategies that could improve PubMed retrieval, and other EBP resources, such as Cochrane and Trip

4. Evaluate information and its sources critically

  • Evaluate information and its sources based on pre-scribed criteria, such as reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness and point of view or bias
  • Reviews information retrieval sources used and expand to include others

5. Legal and ethical use of learning and scholarly information resources

  • Citations and reference overview, and the standard international referencing (e.g. APA)
  • Intellectual property rights issues in scholarly information, information policy and privacy
  • Educational copyright and fair use principles in e-learning environments

Reference Materials

Anderson, T. & Elloumi, F.,Theory and practice of online learning. Athabasca University,Athabasca

Cox, C.N. & Lindsay, E.B. , Information literacy instruction handbook.: ACRL, Chicago

Devine, J. & Egger-Sider, F., Going beyond google: the invisible web in learning and teaching, Facet, London

Godwin, P. & Parker, J.,Information literacy meets Web 2.0. : Facet, London.

Informing Science Institute. Advanced principles of effective e-learning. Informing Science Press, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Jones, B. L., Web 2.0 heroes. Wiley Publishing Inc, New York

Milam, P. S.,InfoQuest: A new twist on information literacy. Linworth,Worthington

Richardson, W., Blogs, wikis, podcasts and other powerful web tools for classrooms. Corwin Press, New York

Rosenberg, M. J., E-learning: strategies for delivering knowledge in the digital age.McGraw-Hill, New York

Whitworth, A.,Information obesity.  Chandos, Oxford