Post #10 Gaps In Library/Research Skills for College Students
I am entering a post for the first time in over a year. A new job just left me no time. This post is just a bit different from the rest. I was asked to present, to the Independent School Section of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), what I believe are the gaps in library/research skills for college students. The main issues in my discussion are Organization of Research, Media Literacy, and Understanding How to Use Technology for Learning.
Here are the highlights of my presentation:
1 Organization of Research
Here are the steps I suggest for college students. Make modifications according to the age of student and/or the assignment criteria:
- Create folder (in One Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, flash drive….) and title it the name of the class
- Create a folder inside the class folder for any assignment that requires notes and/or research and title it the name of the assignment. I call this the assignment folder
- Open word document and title it something like “Notes For Climate Change Project/Paper”
- Save the notes page in the assignment folder
- Start looking for resources
- Copy and paste citation information (in alphabetical order) on notes page
- Save all PDFs of articles in assignment folder
- Save 2 more copies of “notes” page before you start taking notes
- Title one References/Works Cited
- Title one Annotated Bilbiography (if one is required)
- Type notes (on notes page) under the appropriate citation
2 Media Literacy:
- DigiPo (The Digital Polarization Initiative) This is an initiative to build student’s civic, information and web literacy. It sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).
- News Analysis Project This is a library guide that breaks down the process of analyzing a news article.
- Google Chrome Extensions
- Digipo (Tool to support fact checking)
- Project Fib (Detects fake news on Facebook feed)
- Official Media Bias/Fact Check Extension (Denotes the political bias of a page/source)
3 Understanding How to Use Technology for Learning For ideas and tools, look at other posts on this blog.