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Coffee Club thoughts on PIL

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Some interesting themes from the Project Information Literacy Progress Report:


Finding Context

Students stress the importance of being able to find different kinds of context for their research and what a difficult process this can be for them.   The types of context reported by students were identified as: 1) big picture, 2) language, 3) situational, and 4) information gathering.  I think that we do a pretty good job of putting information in subject context on our website, but we should consider how else we could contextualize tools and information.  How can we do a better job of contextualizing research tools, not only by subject, but also by the type of information needed (e.g. background information or "big picture", primary sources, scholarly articles)?

 

Wikipedia

 7 out of 10 college students interviewed went to Wikipedia first for course-related research even though they were aware that faculty do not want them to use it as a resource (many had been warned by their professor not to use it at all) and just did not cite Wikipedia as a source in their papers.  I am wondering whether and how we talk about Wikipedia in our instruction...Do you talk about use of Wikipedia?  If so, do you dissuade students from using it, encourage it, or say to use it with caution?

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