This mini class will prepare you to --
- Determine when information is needed and find it efficiently using a variety of reference sources.
- Evaluate the quality of the information.
- Use the information effectively for an appropriate purpose
- Employ appropriate technologies to create an information-based product.
- Use information ethically and legally.
More specifically, when you leave this class you will be able to --
- pick a topic
- find the correct resources for your topic
- understand how information is organized and retrieved
- summarize and synthesize information that you retrieved
- ask a librarian for help :)
why do research?
Evaluating Your Sources
In today's information age anyone who has the necessary skills can find a wealth of information on almost any topic. The challenge is to sift through a huge amount of information and identify sources that are reliable and appropriate.
Whether you find information in books and periodicals, on the Internet, or on television, you cannot assume it is reliable. The user is responsible for evaluating information and judging its quality.