INFORMATION LITERACY:DATABASE SEARCH TECHNIQUES

Teaching information literacy is a tall order because the phrase itself is
broad and ambiguous. There are quite a few skills lumped under this one
umbrella and in my opinion, information literacy is collections of
knowledge without a real textbook. Information literacy in terms of what
can be taught varies extensively depending on the age level of the
student. It is quite a different subject in elementary school than it is
in high school and that level is different than the field's important
knowledge in college. Furthermore, some of the vital knowledge obtained
that assists the student to becoming more literate about information is
not called by that terminology. This is kind of like not taking
courses in mathematics per se, but rather learning arithmetic, algebra,
trigonometry and calculus. In information literacy, some of the needed
skills include these skills not in any particular order:

Learning to use internet search engines effectively.

Learning about specialized search engines like Google Books, Google
Government, Google Scholar, Scirus and Google News to name a few.

Learning to use databases that have different methods of being searched
from each other and from Google and other internet search engines.
This is not as esoteric a skill as one would assume as one can search a
number of databases like ERIC (a federal government education database),
TRIS (a federal government transportation database), and PubMed (the
federal government National Library of Medicine database) on the internet
at all times. In addition in many states, if not now all, the state
government, in conjunction with the participating public libraries of each
state, provides a group of databases that may be used both in the
libraries and at home with passwords or account numbers issued by the
libraries. These databases provide software that allows much more complex
searching and precise results than searches of internet search engines and
the databases themselves contain a much more controlled collection of
content such as all issues for a set of years of a specific groups of
journals covering and related to one or more interrelated subject fields.
For students to learn how to use these tools is gold as preparation for
college.

Information literacy also covers areas like knowing what plagiarism and
copyright are and learning as well how to avoid plagiarisation and
violating copyright and of course the related skill of learning how to
cite in footnotes, endnotes and bibliographies the sources from which one
has borrowed from in ones writing.

Information literacy also includes learning how to evaluate the quality,
believability, and documentation in proof of the arguments and statements
of authors in their writing about matters being researched.

Regarding databases, these specific posts at the top and the link at the
bottom may provide some help in understanding some of the issues in this
area of information literacy.

DATABASES: DATABANKS AND SEARCH SERVICE PROVIDERS : DATABASE: SEARCHING
TECHNIQUES: EBSCO: Customer Service Past and Present and Learning Better
Ways to Use EBSCO

DATABASE SEARCH TECHNIQUE: Destination Marketing Organizations, British
Spellings and Search Vendor and Interface Changes

database searching techniques

A shorter URL for the above link:

Databases

A shorter URL for the above link:

http://tinyurl.com/y2hcdr

Regarding the databases one finds provided by libraries for in library and
at home use, these come with help links that take the user to instructions
regarding the software rules these tools operate with. Learning the
skills to effectively use these in a complex search well excecuted is a
more complex skill and involves practice and experience, kind of like the
difference between learning the rules of baseball on the one hand and
becoming a good player in the field and at bat on the other hand.

Here are some book titles about information literacy that were found using
a database search that employed a few of the skills that lead to searches
that work to promote the activity and its importance.

Teaching information literacy : 35 practical, standards-based exercises
for college students
Author: Burkhardt, Joanna M.; MacDonald, Mary C.; Rathemacher, Andre J.
Publication: Chicago : American Library Association, 2003

Integrating information literacy into the higher education curriculum:
practical models for transformation
Author: Rockman, Ilene F.
Publication: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 2004

Information literacy: essential skills for the information age
Author: Eisenberg, Michael.; Lowe, Carrie A.; Spitzer, Kathleen L., and
others
Publication: Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2004

Outcomes assessment in higher education: views and perspectives
Author: Hernon, Peter.; Dugan, Robert E.,
Publication: Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2004

Assessing student learning outcomes for information literacy
instruction in academic institutions
Author: Avery, Elizabeth Fuseler.
Publication: Chicago : Association of College and Research Libraries,
2003

Motivating students in information literacy classes
Author: Jacobson, Trudi.; Xu, Lijuan,
Publication: New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2004

Hands-on information literacy activities
Author: Birks, Jane.; Hunt, Fiona.
Publication: New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2003

Information literacy assessment : standards-based tools and
assignments
Author: Neely, Teresa Y.
Publication: Chicago : American Library Association, 2006

Information literacy instruction for educators: professional knowledge
for an information age
Author: Shinew, Dawn M.; Walter, Scott,
Publication: Binghamton, NY : Haworth Information Press, 2003

Creating a comprehensive information literacy plan: a how-to-do-it
manual and CD-ROM for librarians
Author: Burkhardt, Joanna M.; MacDonald, Mary C.; Rathemacher, Andre J.
Publication: New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2005

Revisiting outcomes assessment in higher education
Author: Hernon, Peter.; Dugan, Robert E.,
Publication: Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2006

Student engagement and information literacy
Author: Gibson, Craig,
Publication: Chicago : Association of College and Research Libraries,
American Library Association, 2006

Learning to lead and manage information literacy instruction
Author: Grassian, Esther S.; Kaplowitz, Joan R.
Publication: New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2005

Teaching and marketing electronic information literacy programs:
a how-to-do-it manual for librarians
Author: Barclay, Donald A.
Publication: New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2003

Higher education in the Internet age: libraries creating a strategic edge
Author: Breivik, Patricia Senn.; Gee, E. Gordon; Breivik, Patricia Senn.
Publication: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2006

Information literacy and information skills instruction:
applying research to practice in the school library media center
Author: Thomas, Nancy Pickering.
Publication: Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2004

Developing research and communication skills:
guidelines for information literacy in the curriculum
Corp Author: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.,
Commission on Higher Education.
Publication: Philadelphia, Pa. : Middle States Commission on Higher
Education, 2003

Libraries and Google
Author: Miller, William,; Pellen, Rita M. Publication: Binghamton, NY, USA
: Haworth Information Press, 2005

Collaboration for distance learning information literacy instruction :
SPEC kit
Author: Islam, Ramona. Corp Author: Association of College and Research
Libraries., Distance Learning Section, Instruction Committee.
Publication: Washington, D.C. : Association of Research Libraries, Office
of Leadership and Management Services, 2005

Training college students in information literacy:
profiles of how colleges teach their students to use academic libraries.
Publication: New York, N.Y. : Primary Research Group, 2003

Empowering students II: teaching information literacy concepts with
hands-on and minds-on activities
Author: Germain, Carol Anne.; Bernnard, Deborah.
Publication: Pittsburgh, PA : Library Instruction Publications, 2004

Information literacy and the technological transformation of higher
education: papers and documents of the ACRL Instruction Section Think
Tank III
Author: Gresham, Keith. Meeting Name: ACRL Instruction Section Think Tank
(3rd : 1999 : New Orleans, La.)
Publication: Ann Arbor, Mich. : Published for the ACRL Instruction Section
by Pierian Press, 2004

Information literacy: what does it look like in the school library media
center
Author: Riedling, Ann Marlow
Publication: Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2004

Developing the new learning environment: the changing role of the
academic librarian
Author: Levy, Philippa.; Roberts, Sue,
Publication: London : Facet, 2005

Developing an information literacy program, K-12 :
a how-to-do-it manual and CD-ROM package
Author: Langhorne, Mary Jo.
Publication: New York : Neal-Schuman, 2004

Information and IT literacy :
enabling learning in the 21st century
Author: Martin, Allan,; Rader, Hannelore B.
Publication: London : Facet, 2003

Using pop culture to teach information literacy : methods to engage a new
generation
Author: Behen, Linda D.
Publication: Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2006

Information literacy and the school library media center
Author: Taylor, Joie.
Publication: Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2006

Information literacy: a practitioner's guide
Author: Andretta, Susie.
Publication: Oxford : Chandos Pub., 2005

Stimulated recall and mental models : tools for teaching and learning
computer information literacy
Author: Henderson, Lyn ; Tallman, Julie I.,
Publication: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2006

Teaching and testing information literacy skills
Author: Smith, Jane Bandy.; Churchill, Lisa.; Mason, Lucy,
Publication: Worthington, Ohio : Linworth Books, 2005

Managing in the next society
Author: Drucker, Peter Ferdinand
Publication: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2003

Information literacy instruction that works: a guide to teaching by
discipline and student population
Author: Ragains, Patrick.
Publication: New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2006

Information literacy and technology
Author: List, Carla
Publication: Dubuque, Iowa : Kendall/Hunt, 2005

Collaboration for distance learning information literacy instruction
Author: Islam, Ramona.
Publication: Washington, D.C. : Association of Research Libraries, Office
of Leadership and Management Services, 2005

Teaching information literacy skills to social sciences students and
practitioners : a casebook of applications
Author: Cook, Douglas.; Cooper, Natasha,
Publication: Chicago : Association of College and Research Libraries,
2006

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