Gaining Information Literacy Analytical Essay by scribbler

Gaining Information Literacy
Looks at the importance of developing information literacy to support scholarship, practice and leadership especially in higher education.
# 152951 | 1,255 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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This paper explains that many students enter higher education without information literacy, such as the inability to use academic databases or even make full citations in a bibliography. The ease and accessibility of searching online has made students less critical consumers of information; however, the author relates, the more information with which one must cope, the greater the skills required to synthesize and categorize information to make it valuable. The paper underscores the role of librarians in expanding student's information literacy in undertaking research; moreover, professors must integrate learning how to use the library into their classrooms.

From the Paper:

"As a librarian, Russell is passionate about the role that librarians can play in expanding student's comfort levels with such method of research. However, she also believes that professors must integrate learning how to use the library into their classrooms. A discipline-specific approach can convince students of the greater value of critical consumption of the new media, versus uncritical appreciation. For literature, a hermeneutic approach, or one in which texts are studied critically, and products of culture, not as received fact, may be superior. For the sciences, the scientific method might be more useful for students.
"One example of Russell's pedagogical strategy might be found in the current debate over autism. While virtually all credible scientific literature disputes the link between vaccines and autism, there is a great deal of misleading information online about the subject. A humanities professor might encourage his or her students to textually analyze such misleading information, and understand the fears motivating the logic of the authors of such websites (such as a fear of big government telling parents what to do regarding children's heath). A science class might use the scientific method to critically analyze the lack of evidence presented on such websites."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Badke, William. (2009, July-August). How we failed the net generation. Online. 47.
  • Borrelli, Steve. (2010, June). Collaborative approach for teaching information literacy in anintroductory plant science course. NACTA Journal. Retrieved November 3, 2010 at;col1
  • Russell, Pia. (2009). Why Universities need information literacy now more than ever.Feliciter. 55(3): 92-93
  • Turusheva, Larissa. (2009). Students' information competence and its importance. Problems of education in the 21st century. 12: 126-12

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