Some of the fee-based information sources (e.g. periodical databases) found on the Web are available to you as an APSU student through the APSU Library website. Specifically, you will be learning how to use InfoTrac (formerly called InfoTrac) and ERIC, both of which are available in the Library website's Jump to Database box. Just to give you an idea of how much fee-based information sources cost, a subscription to InfoTrac costs a library over $10,000 per year for a site license.
Remember as you use search engines such as Google, and databases such as InfoTrac
and ERIC, that online help or search tips exist within these
sources. You can learn advanced search techniques, such as truncation, phrase
searching, and limiting, which will help you pinpoint the exact information you
are seeking. We can help you if you don't understand these concepts.
Evaluating Information Resources
Once you identify information sources, you must evaluate their usefulness to your portfolio, as well as whether they are high quality sources. Quality control is a reality in most print sources, which undergo a rigorous editing process. However, anyone can post information on the Web. Moreover, there are even cases where misinformation and disinformation have purposefully been posted to the Web. Go to the University of Winnipeg Library's Media Literacy website to find out the difference between misinformation and disinformation.
This quote from an IBM advertisement in Time Magazine, November 24, 1997, says it all.
What's the difference between a little kid with a web site and a major corporation with one? Maybe nothing, maybe everything, but you won't know unless you examine the sites you find very carefully.
1st Assignment - Required Readings & Threaded
Questions will be posted to the Discussion Board on the date indicated below. Prior to entering the threaded discussion with your classmates and instructors, you should carefully read the required readings and consider the assigned questions. You are required to be an active participant in all of the threaded discussions.
Required Readings Related to Evaluating Information Sources -try to complete by Tuesday, September 18
How to Evaluate Journal Articles
How to Evaluate Books
How to Evaluate a Web Page
Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages
T is for Thinking
Go to the Discussion Board on Tuesday, September 18, and begin participating in the class discussion regarding these questions:
Find three sources which will provide you with information that will help you complete your web portfolio. The three required sources include
You are to submit a 100-word annotation about each source in which you state
Post your three annotations, including source citations in APA format, to the Digital Drop Box by 8am CST on Monday, September 24, 2001.
Tip: Use the Citing Sources in APA Format, which was developed by Anne Berwind, Head of Information Services, and is available on the APSU Library website.
Remember to use the Help information within the three search tools, InfoTrac, ERIC and Google. Also, the APSU librarians have posted InfoTrac Help information, ERIC Help information and ERIC Documents Online Help information on the Library website.
One of the goals of this course is for you to learn about information sources and tools available via the APSU Library website. That is why use of InfoTrac and ERIC are required.
If you have trouble finding information on your topic, email Lori Buchanan <firstname.lastname@example.org> or DeAnne Luck <email@example.com >.