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Finding and using information: how confident are you?

How confident are you in your ability to do the following information and library-related tasks for this class?

Information sources on your topic: how confident are you that you know how to find them?
Very confident: 1 votes (7.14%)
Somewhat confident: 4 votes (28.57%)
Somewhat unsure: 6 votes (42.86%)
Unsure: 3 votes (21.43%)
Total Votes: 14
Evaluating sources you find in your research: how confident are you in your ability to do that?
Very confident: 6 votes (31.58%)
Somewhat confident: 8 votes (42.11%)
Somewhat unsure: 5 votes (26.32%)
Unsure: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 19
Scholarly articles on your topic: how confident are you that you know how to find/recognize them?
Very confident: 1 votes (7.14%)
Somewhat confident: 7 votes (50%)
Somewhat unsure: 3 votes (21.43%)
Unsure: 3 votes (21.43%)
Total Votes: 14
Books on your topic: how confident are you that you know how to find them?
Very confident: 3 votes (17.65%)
Somewhat confident: 9 votes (52.94%)
Somewhat unsure: 5 votes (29.41%)
Unsure: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 17
Databases in your subject area: how confident are you that you know how to search/use them?
Very confident: 4 votes (22.22%)
Somewhat confident: 6 votes (33.33%)
Somewhat unsure: 6 votes (33.33%)
Unsure: 2 votes (11.11%)
Total Votes: 18
Books and articles from a bibliography citation: how confident are you that you know how to access them?
Very confident: 4 votes (21.05%)
Somewhat confident: 8 votes (42.11%)
Somewhat unsure: 5 votes (26.32%)
Unsure: 2 votes (10.53%)
Total Votes: 19
Images, video, statistics and data related to your topic: how confident are you that you know how to find them?
Very confident: 6 votes (35.29%)
Somewhat confident: 8 votes (47.06%)
Somewhat unsure: 3 votes (17.65%)
Unsure: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 17
Citing sources you find in your paper and bibliography: how confident are you in your ability to do that?
Very confident: 5 votes (27.78%)
Somewhat confident: 6 votes (33.33%)
Somewhat unsure: 6 votes (33.33%)
Unsure: 1 votes (5.56%)
Total Votes: 18

Message from the Librarian

In order to survive in the academic world-- and in fact, in order to thrive in the real world-- you need to hone your "information literacy."

What does "information literacy" mean? Well, it's knowing when you need to find information, having the skills to find the information you need, the tools to analyse and evaluate the information when you find it, and the ability to ethically (and legally) incorporate that information into your own work. 

Librarians have framed information literacy in six ways:

  • Authority -- about trustability
  • Process -- about creating and using information
  • Value -- about purpose, value and results 
  • Inquiry -- about developing questions
  • Conversation -- about interactions between users, experts and sources
  • Strategic Exploration - about ways of searching

To give an idea how information-literate you feel, please fill out the poll in the left column!

Don't be surprised if more content appears in this guide as the semester goes on!

Information Cycle

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