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LIS2004_Summer2016: LIS 2004: Introduction to Internet Research

Course content for LIS1002 independent study students.

Assignments

The final grade is based upon the satisfactory completion of the following activities:

Assignment Name

Percent of Course Grade

Assignment 1: Student Introduction Email to Professor

5%

Assignment 2: Thesis Statement

20%

Assignment 3: Online Library Resources

20%

Assignment 4: In-person Assessment

15%

Assignment 5: Annotated Bibliography

40%

 

LIS 2004: Introduction to Internet Research

Course Outline

LIS 2004 Introduction to Internet Research is a one-credit hour online course. The course focuses on methods of accessing information resources available through the Internet. Students will learn how to design effective search strategies, retrieve, evaluate, and cite Internet resources.

Module 1 Overview

Learning Outcome: Demonstrate an understanding of the types of information resources available via the Internet. Demonstrate an understanding of netiquette and one's digital footprint.

Upon completion of this lesson, the student will:

  • be able to describe the differences between email, mailing lists, discussion groups, and chat.
  • be able to describe the differences between various forms of social media, such as blogs, wikis, and podcasts.
  • understand the purpose of RSS feeds.

Read the Module 1 Readings and complete the Learning Activity.

Module 2 Overview

Learning Outcome: Identify research topics and devise effective search strategies to utilize appropriate Internet resources and Internet-accessible library databases in the research process.

Upon completion of this lesson, the student will:

  • define and articulate the need for information,
  • identify a variety of types and formats of potential sources for information,
  • reevaluate the nature and extent of the information need,
  • construct and implement effectively-designed search strategies, and
  • refine the search strategy, if necessary.

Read the Module 2 Readings and complete the Learning Activities.

Module 3 Overview

Learning Outcome: Demonstrate competence in using keyword and Boolean search techniques as appropriate for Internet search tools.

Upon completion of this lesson, the student will:

  • recognize some of the many sources of free information on the Internet,
  • understand how search engines work,
  • understand the basic search features available from most search engines,
  • explain how meta-search engines operate, and
  • develop appropriate Boolean search statements for Web search engines.

Read the Module 3 Readings and complete the Learning Activities.

Module 4 Overview

Learning Outcome: Use Internet communication tools, web search engines, meta-search engines, specialized search engines, and subject directories to locate and access relevant information resources.

Upon completion of this lesson, the student will:

  • understand the basic features of library databases and
  • construct and implement effectively-designed search strategies in library databases.

Read the Module 4 Readings and complete the Learning Activities.

Module 5 Overview

Learning Outcome:  Use Google Scholar to locate and access relevant information resources, including Open Access materials. Use Internet communication tools, web search engines, meta-search engines, specialized search engines, and subject directories to locate and access relevant information resources. Describe the “Deep Web”.

Upon completion of this lesson, the student will:

  • understand the basic features of Google Scholar.
  • gain awareness of Open Access materials,
  • describe the "Deep Web" and explain how to retrieve "invisible Web" resources,
  • explain the key differences between Web search engines based on webcrawler technologies and subject directories created with human intervention
  • demonstrate the ability to navigate a general subject directory to locate a specific resource, and
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to search for specific file formats or multimedia resources on the Web.

Read the Module 5 Readings and complete the Learning Activities.

Module 6 Overview

Learning Outcome: Evaluate the credibility, quality, and accuracy of Internet resources for specific information needs.

Upon completion of this lesson, the student will:

  • recognize and evaluate website domains,
  • articulate and apply initial criteria for evaluating a website,
  • examine a website in order to evaluate reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness and point of view or bias,
  • and recognize prejudice, deception, manipulation or logical fallacies in a website.

Read the Module 6 Readings. Review the Resource Evaluation Checklist to be used in your final project, Assignment 5: Annotated Bibliography. A copy can be found in this module below.

There is no assignment due for Module 6.

Module 7 Overview

Learning Outcome: Demonstrate an understanding of social, legal and ethical issues, including plagiarism and copyright issues.

Upon completion of this lesson, the student will:

  • recognize examples of plagiarism,
  • demonstrate an understanding that almost everything available on the Internet is protected by copyright law,
  • understand the basics of “netiquette” for effective social interaction on the Internet, and
  • understand the concept of the “digital footprint” and its potential effect on one’s privacy, identity, and reputation.

Read the Module 7 Readings and complete the Learning Activities.

Module 8 Overview

Learning Outcome: Document Internet resources using MLA or APA style guides.

Upon completion of this lesson, the student will:

  • identify two widely-used types of documentation styles, and
  • construct proper citations of Internet and other online resources using APA or MLA style.

Read the Module 8 Readings and complete the Learning Activities.

 

Subject Guide

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