Ethical Issues Addressed In a Web-Based Tutorial

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 Name: Nancy Steinhoff  Name: Stefan Smith
 Title: Instruction Librarian  Title: Outreach Librarian
 Institution: Murphy Library,UW-LaCrosse  Institution: Murphy Library, UW-LaCrosse
 Street Address: 1631 Pine St.  Street Address: 1631 Pine St.
 City/State/Zip: La Crosse, WI 54601  City/State/Zip: La Crosse, WI 54601
 Phone: 608-785-8395  Phone: 608-785-8396
 Email: stein_nc@mail.uwlax.edu  Email: smith_sa@mail.uwlax.edu
 Fax: 608-785-8639  Fax: 608-785-8639

Title of practice or implementation method: Ethical Issues Addressed in a Web-Based Library Tutorial

Primary audience: Students in a Freshman Year Seminar
Secondary audience: Other beginning students

Describe the practice:

An interactive tutorial introduces students to basic ethical issues encountered when accessing information. Students proceed through a series of screens dealing with evaluation of information, plagiarism and the citing of sources, and copyright.

Competencies addressed through this practice:
6. Critically evaluate the information retrieved.
10. Understand public policy and the ethical issues affecting the access and use of information.

Supporting materials/resources used and their format:

Module 6, Information Success Tutorial http://perth.uwlax.edu/MurphyLibrary/tutorial/smart/start6.html

Special requirements to use these resources: A computer with internet access.

References consulted:
Inspiration for this in part came from Kathy Schmidt, who developed a handout titled Critical Evaluation of Web Pages, http://perth.uwlax.edu/MurphyLibrary/guides/guide453.html. She consulted Tate, Marsha, and Jan Alexander. "Teaching Critical Evaluation Skills for World Wide Web Resources." Computers in Libraries 16:10 (Nov/Dec 1996) 49-55 as well as other internet resources.

Decision Points in the Research Process

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Name: Chris Prucha
Title: Periodicals Librarian
Institution: Murphy Library, UW-LaCrosse
Street Address: 1631 Pine St.
City/State/Zip: LaCrosse, WI 54601
Phone: 608-785-8396
Email: prucha.cris@uwlax.edu
Fax: 608-785-8637

Title of practice or implementation method: Decision Points in the Research Process

Primary audience: Upper level students

Describe the practice:

This discussion exercise is for use with a class which has some experience in library research. The exercise helps students to realize that the research process is not simple and that it involves many decision points which may be controversial. In this case, the exercise has been adapted for a class on Victorian poets.

Competencies addressed through this practice:
8. Self-assess the information-seeking processes used.

Supporting materials/resources used and their format:

(Link to handout pdf here)

Special requirements to use these resources:

References consulted:

Job Hunting on the Internet

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Name: Barbara Lazewski
Title: Information Services Librarian
Institution: Steenbock Library, UW-Madison
Street Address: 550 Babcock Drive
City/State/Zip: Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-263-3899
Email: lazewski@doit.wisc.edu
Fax: 608-263-3221

Title of practice or implementation method: Job Hunting on the Internet HTML Slide Show

Primary audience: upper level undergraduates
Secondary audience: any job-seeker

Describe the practice:

This is a web-based slide show used in an interactive presentation style during a typical 50 minute class. It has been integrated into classes for two departments and is also offered as a drop-in workshop. Students click to each slide and view the screen as the librarian makes comments and provides additional information. Slides are organized by topic: resources, resumes, job databases, online newspaper/magazine listings, internships/summer jobs, discussion lists, organizations, researching employers, and non-advertised jobs. Each slide contains links to related resources. The students are asked to go to one of the web sites included on the slide. Once at the site, the librarian gives an overview. The student is then given a few minutes to explore the site individually, using terms appropriate to their interest. They may also go back to the same slide and choose another of the links. When ready for the next topic, students are asked to click the home page button that is set to the table of topics for the session. (see at right) Everyone is quickly ready to proceed and repeat the pattern of listening, then exploring. Students seem to enjoy this technique because they are involved and can locate information related to their interests.

The goal of the presentation is to instruct students in information retrieval skills while providing them useful information about job-related resources. The session complements the campus career advising services by increasing their visibility. Advising staff were consulted and were very helpful in making suggestions on sites and information to include. One point stressed throughout the session is that a combination of approaches, both traditional and online, will produce more successful results. The session gives the student a better understanding of the variety available.

Competencies addressed through this practice:
1. Identify and articulate needs which require information solutions.
2. Identify and select appropriate information sources.
3. Formulate and efficiently execute search queries appropriate for the information resource.
4. Interpret and analyze search results and select relevant sources.
6. Critically evaluate the information retrieved.

Supporting materials/resources used and their format:

Slideshow is available at: http://www.library.wisc.edu/libraries/Steenbock/bipage/pres/jobs/ 1jobs.htm

Handout version available at: http://www.library.wisc.edu/libraries/Steenbock/bipage/jobhdout.htm

Special requirements to use these resources: no

References consulted: See handout at url above.

Online Searching: Principles and Specifics

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Name: Stefan Smith
Title: Outreach Librarian
Institution: Murphy Library, UW-LaCrosse
Street Address: 1631 Pine St.
City/State/Zip: La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: 608-785-8396
Email: smith_sa@mail.uwlax.edu
Fax: 608-785-8639

Title of practice or implementation method: Online Searching: Principles and Specifics

Primary audience: Students, beginning or advanced level
Secondary audience: Community members

Describe the practice:

This teaching strategy of "principles and specifics" helps students cope with the complexity of online searching by employing three easily remembered principles that can be applied across different information databases to achieve effective results. Once the learner understands these three principles of online searching, applying specifics becomes easier and more natural.

Competencies addressed through this practice:
3. Formulate and efficiently execute search queries appropriate for the information resource.

Supporting materials/resources used and their format:

(Link to handout pdf here)

Special requirements to use these resources: Computer Lab

References consulted:

Conducting Research for an Exploratory Essay

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Name: Julie O'Keeffe
Title: Instruction Librarian
Institution: Marquette University
Street Address: Memorial Library, Marquette University, P.O. Box 3141
City/State/Zip: Milwaukee, WI 53201
Phone: 414-288-5996
Email: julie.okeeffe@marquette.edu
Fax: 414-288-5324

Title of practice or implementation method: Conducting Research for an Exploratory Essay

Primary audience: Freshman English Students

Describe the practice:

This workshop/session was designed with the Coordinator for the First Year Writing Program, Virginia Chappell, in the English department. We published an article in "ACE Journal" (Assembly on Computers in English, published by the National Council of Teachers of English), v1 n3 (August 1998) regarding our collaboratively-designed program.

This spring workshop is optional for students. If TA's choose to sign up their section of students, then the entire section of 20 students attends during regular class time. The session was conducted 48 times in the spring of 1999, reaching 960 of the 1600 freshmen.

A 30-minute PowerPoint presentation is shown to students and they then have 20 minutes of hands-on practice time in our computer classroom.

Special emphasis is placed on:
1) determining perspective and intent of the source's creator
2) determining relevancy and usefulness of material
3) "self-assessing the information-seeking processes" (to borrow your committee's language)--indeed the main point of the assignment
4) discovering that one's own understanding of an issue may evolve when wrestling with a complex issue
5) learning to cite web sources correctly in a "works cited" page
6) learning to use quotes and show attribution correctly in the body of a paper.

The above concepts are demonstrated by modeling one mock student's research process throughout the presentation.

Competencies addressed through this practice:
1. Identify and articulate needs which require information solutions.
2. Identify and select appropriate information sources.
3. Formulate and efficiently execute search queries appropriate for the information resource.
4. Interpret and analyze search results and select relevant sources.
5. Locate and retrieve relevant sources in a variety of formats from the global information environment.
6. Critically evaluate the information retrieved.
7. Organize, synthesize, integrate and apply the information.
8. Self-assess the information-seeking processes used.

Supporting materials/resources used and their format: none

Special requirements to use these resources: no

References consulted: none