Section 5 - Monday/Wednesday 3-4:15pm - University Library
Instructor: Jim Kinnie
|University Library Room 124
Office hour: Mondays 1 pm or by appointment
Fax: (401) 874-5403
Course material available on WebCT: http://www.uri.edu/webct
Information Literacy is the ability to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. Information Literacy is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It forms the basis for lifetime learning." -American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. Final Report. (Chicago: American Library Association, 1989)
|Why Information Literacy?|
|Course Goals and Objectives|
Information is a commodity readily available in overwhelming abundance. However. information is only useful if the researcher has the knowledge and skills necessary to manipulate it. While exploring the information world students will learn to use effective methods and techniques of information gathering, evaluation and presentation. The knowledge gained in this course will prepare students to conduct university level research and beyond that, develop skills necessary for life-long learning.
There is no textbook for this course
Grades for the course will be A-F. Grades should be considered as a way for an instructor to communicate how well students have learned what the course is designed to teach. I will grade Homework and Class Exercises on a check / check plus / check minus basis. This translates into 1, 2, 3 or 0 points for each assignment (1=not great,, 2=good, 3=excellent, 0 = not done at all). Exams and projects will be graded traditionally as a percentage of 100 points.
Your grade will be based on the following:
|Criterion||Percent of final grade|
|Minute writing/Reading responses/In-class exercises (class participation)||
|Semester Project - "The Paper Trail"||
The following number of points out of a total of 100 will determine the corresponding letter grade:
|A = 93-100
A- = 90-92
B+ = 87-89
B = 83-86
B- = 80-82
C+ = 77-79
|C = 73-76
C- = 70-72
D+ = 67-69
D = 60-66
F = Below 60
Minute writing/Reading response/In-class exercises - 10% of the grade
Minute writing exercises are short. I will ask the class a question, and in response each student will write a few sentences, or at most a paragraph on an index card that is provided. These exercises are designed to help students review and retain material from the last class, to provide practice in applying ideas, to promote understanding of concepts, and to encourage active reading of assigned texts.
Reading responses - Students will submit reading responses for selected readings posted on the discussion board in WebCT. Your written responses will be composed of thoughts and evaluations of the readings based on class discussions and experiences with the assignments, exercises and readings for the course.
Exercises will involve group learning and discussions with the class. In-class exercises cannot be made up.
I will refer those that need help in composition to the URI Writing Center, 874-4690 or http://www.uri.edu/artsci/eng/wrtcnt.html
You will probably not do well in this course unless you are in class to share and actively contribute to the learning. As much as I am the facilitator of your learning in this course, it is your responsibility to learn the materials and share your learning with your classmates. In-class exercises cannot be made up. If you must miss a class due to illness or emergency you should contact me immediately. Although I do not set a minimum number of missed classes, I have found that this simple equation works: Missed classes = lower grade.
Homework Assignments 25%
The goal of the homework and exercises is to facilitate your learning through engaging with the material and to provide an opportunity to learn and practice the skills we are covering in class. Most of the homework assignments will be considered first drafts of the elements that make up the semester project, the Paper Trial. There will be opportunities to revise the drafts. Assignments and exercises are expected on the date due. Turning homework assignments in more than a week late will not be graded. It is very important that you submit the assignments on time so that you will not fall behind in the class.
Presentations - 20%
There will be at least two group presentations. Teams of 2 to 3 students will explore 1) subject databases and 2) issues of the information age and report back to the class. Some class time will be available for preparation and summaries will be posted in WebCT.
Quizzes - 5%
The quiz dates are listed in the Class Schedule below. They will cover anything listed on this syllabus up to the date of the quiz including the readings, class discussions, lecture notes, and Web sites used in class. There will be two quizzes to be taken in WebCT.
Final Exam - 10%
The final exam will be a common exam for all sections of LIB120 to be taken on WebCT. It will be graded on a pass/fail basis. The date and format for the final will be announced during the semester.
NOTE: Absence during an exam must be excused by a doctor's note verifying illness, an official university letter verifying a participation in a sports event, or a note from a university counselor verifying personal problems. Without an approved excuse, you will not be allowed to take a make-up exam.
The Paper Trail - Semester Project - 20%
The Paper Trail is due December 10. You will be working on it for most of the semester. It is worth 20% of your grade, so be sure to stay on top of this project. Essentially the Paper Trail is an annotated portfolio or a map of the research process used for a research paper or project. Your Paper Trail project should allow me to follow your research path for a pre-selected research question. It is a map to trace all of your research - the processes that worked and those that didn't work. Homework assignments throughout the semester will directly apply to the Paper Trail project; a personal journal describing your research experiences and an outline of the paper you would write will also be included. Journal entries and homework will be collected and returned for revision as the semester progresses. It is recommended that you use a topic from a course you are currently taking if you can. The topic idea must be submitted to me for approval before you can begin the project. Paper Trail Projects that are turned in late will lose 10 points off the total Semester Project grade for each day late.
Any student needing special accommodations should contact the URI Office of Student Life, Disability Services at (401) 874-2098, TTD (via RI Relay) 1-800-745-5555, or on the Web at http://www.uri.edu/disability_services/
Please read the University Manual sections on Plagiarism and Cheating,
Please Read the URI Student Manual sections on the use of Computing Facilities,
The Academic Enhancement Center
The work in this course is complex and intensive. To do the best you can, it is a good idea to visit at the Academic Enhancement Center (AEC) in Roosevelt Hall. The AEC offers a comfortable environment in which to study alone or together, with or without a tutor. AEC tutors are your peers they have taken your courses, and can answer questions, clarify concepts, check your understanding, and help you to study. You can make an appointment or walk in anytime during office hours -- Monday through Thursday from 9 am. to 9 pm, Friday from 9 am to 1 pm, and Sunday from 4 pm. to 8 pm. For a complete schedule -- including when tutors are available specifically for this class -- go to www.uri.edu/aec, call (401) 874-2367, or stop by the fourth floor in Roosevelt Hall.
Subject to change
Readings and assignments available on WebCT
|Week 1 - September 5|
|Overview and Introductions
Information explosion/Information overload
What exactly is information?
|Week 2 - September 10|
|Organization of Information - LATCH
The Research Process
Using Encyclopedias as Background Sources
ASSIGNMENT 1 - ENCYCLOPEDIAS
|Week 3 - September 17|
|How to develop a topic - Concept Mapping and
Formulating an effective research question - narrow it down
\Finding Monographic Information
The HELIN Catalog
ASSIGNMENT 2 - DEVELOPING A TOPIC
|Week 4 - September 24|
MLA Citation format
LC Subject Headings
|Week 5 - October 1|
Interpretation and Evaluation Criteria - How to
evaluate the information you find
ASSIGNMENT 3 - ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BOOKS
|Week 6 - October 8|
|NO CLASS ON MONDAY 10/8
Finding periodical information
|Week 7- October 15|
|Scholarly, Popular and Trade - What's the difference?
Indexes and indexers
Electronic Databases - Academic Search Premier
ASSIGNMENT 4 - ADVANCED SEARCHING
|Week 8 - October 22|
|Electronic Databases - Continued
Team Database Project presentation lab
ASSIGNMENT 5 - ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ARTICLES #1 (ACADEMIC SEARCH PREMIER)
|Week 9 - October 29|
|Team Database Project presentations
ASSIGNMENT 6 - ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ARTICLES #2 (SUBJECT DATABASES)
|Week 10 - November 5|
|The Internet - A brief history
Search Engines and Databases
|Week 11 - November 12|
|NO CLASS MONDAY 11/12
Using the Internet as a Critical Thinker
ASSIGNMENT 7 - ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WEB SITES
|Week 12 - November 19|
Information Packaging/Citation Formats
|Week 13 - November 26|
|Experts and Associations.
Issues of the Info Age Presentations
|Week 14 - December 3|
|Statistics: Where to find them, when to believe them
|Week 15 - December 10|
|Paper Trail Due|
|Final Exam TBA|
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