Information Literacy

Description

Provides students with practical knowledge to understand the nature of scholarly conversations in their field and how they plan to participate in the discourse of their discipline; identify and use a variety of information discovery tools and techniques as they explore the most relevant and appropriate sources for their research.


Objectives

Identify the contribution of scholarly pieces and scholars to the discipline; formulate questions for research based on gaps and use varied methods and tools; identify markers of authority when engaging with information; discovery strategies and tools when searching for and managing information; articulate the purpose and distinguishing characteristics of copyright, open access, and public domain; uses of proper attribution and citation; develop an information management, dissemination and preservation plan; articulate their place in the academic discourse of their chosen discipline


Outcomes

Variety of tasks to help develop a research inquiry (questions) and strategies that address a broader world-view, and that recognize information gaps and new investigative methods; to recognize how the economics of information impact their research; to effectively and ethically use, manage, and preserve the information they consume and create.


NB: This is a required portfolio element for all students and must be taken in the first term of study. This is a five week taught workshop; it is not self-directed.