The tabs above will take you to information, videos, and activities that are based on concepts in the ACRL Information Literacy Framework. Each tab includes the relevant KU student learning outcomes for SLO#5..
These pages are meant to give faculty ideas and resources for use with students. We encourage classroom faculty to reach out and collaborate with librarians (your KU IL experts) to plan and teach these concepts.
In addition to the resources provided in the tabs, here is an overarching resource that may help students as well:
Recipe for Research: A Six-Step Process created by EBSCO
Communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations.
This concept relates to the following elements of SLO #5
How is scholarly understanding shaped by the contributions and publications of multiple people? How do students engage with and participate in larger scholarly discussions?
Length: 2 minutes
Created by Daniel Chesney. This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
Research is iterative and depends on asking increasingly complex or new questions whose answers in turn develop additional questions or lines of inquiry within or between disciplines. Research as Inquiry is very closely related to Searching as Strategic Exploration.
Why can't I find any sources for my topic? Is it okay to adjust my research topic/question as I search? Is adjusting my research topic/question a normal part of the research process?
Length: 3 minutes
Created by NC State University Libraries. This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
How do I use this? Link directly to YouTube video: https://youtu.be/Q0B3Gjlu-1o
Searching for information is often nonlinear, requiring the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding develops. It requires using various search strategies, depending on the sources, scope, and context of the information need. Searching as Strategic Exploration is very closely related to Research as Inquiry.
How do I select better keywords for my research topic? What should I do if I can't find articles about my specific topic?
Using Boolean operators (AND, Or, and NOT), quotation marks, and truncation to improve your searching
Created by Sarah Clark. This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
An explanation of using keywords in database searching
Created by Lehmanlibrary.
This video offers a six-step checklist to follow when you’re researching.
Length: 3 minutes and 19 seconds
- Video concept & script/transcript by Georgian College Library & Academic Success, licensed under CC BY-NC.
Information sources reflect their creators’ expertise and credibility. Sources should be evaluated based on the information need, the context in which the information was created, and how the information will be used. Authority is constructed in that various communities may recognize different types of authority. It is contextual in that the information need may help to determine the level of authority required.
Length: 4 minutes
Created by Hartness Library This video is licensed under a Creative Commons (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License)
Created by University of Washington Libraries
Length: 6 minutes
"How did Dylann Roof go from being someone who was not raised in a racist home to someone so steeped in white supremacist propaganda that he murdered nine African Americans during a Bible study? The answer lies, at least in part, in the way that fragile minds can be shaped by the algorithm that powers Google Search."
Created by Southern Poverty Law Center
Evaluate Your Sources:
When you are choosing your sources, remember to administer the CRAAP Test:
¨ Currency: Timeliness of the information
¨ Relevance: Importance to your needs
¨ Authority: Author’s credentials
¨ Accuracy: Reliability/Trustfulness/Correctness
¨ Purpose: Reason it was created (teach/sell/entertain/persuade)
Learn about Propaganda: Have students read through the How Propaganda Works webpages
Information in any format is produced to convey a message and is shared via a selected delivery method. The iterative processes of researching, creating, revising, and disseminating information vary, and the resulting product reflects these differences.
Address gaps or weaknesses in gathered information and synthesize ideas gathered from multiple sources
Draw reasonable conclusions based on an analysis and interpretation of information to achieve a specific purpose with clarity and depth
Length: 3 minutes
Created by North Carolina State University Libraries. This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Length: 1 minute
Created by Claire Nickerson.
Information possess several dimensions of value, including as a commodity, as a means of education, as a means to influence, and as a means of negotiating and understanding the world. Legal and socioeconomic interests influence information production, dissemination, and access.
Created by Libncsu. This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
Length: 3 Minutes
Created by sccclibrary
Length: 6 Minutes
Created by Saturday Night Live
Consider walking through this workshop as a class exercise. It will give you the option to discuss as you go. Paraphrasing and summarizing are especially tough concepts for students.