Advanced Information Literacy Learning OutcomesNOTE
: Basic Skills
are a prerequisite.
The information literate student at the advanced level (taking 300 level or grad courses) can:
- Select and focus a research topic
- Locate major print bibliographic and reference sources appropriate to the discipline of a research topic.
- Identify more specific concepts that comprise a research topic.
- Narrow a broad topic and broaden a narrow one by modifying the scope or direction of the question.
- Understand how information is formally and informally produced, organized and disseminated.
- Describe the publication cycle appropriate to the discipline of a research topic.
- Identify and use appropriate general or subject-specific sources to discover terminology related to an information need.
- Identify the purpose and audience of potential resources (e.g., popular vs. scholarly, current vs. historical).
- Differentiate between primary and secondary sources.
- Access needed information effectively and efficiently
- Identify the differences between freely available Internet search tools and subscription or fee-based databases.
- Select appropriate tools (e.g., indexes, online databases) for research on a particular topic.
- Describe the structure and components of the system or tool being used.
- Distinguish between full-text and bibliographic databases.
- Analyze and interpret the information collected using a growing awareness of key terms and concepts to decide whether to search for additional information or to identify more accurately when the information need has been met.
- Initiate an interlibrary loan request by filling out and submitting a form either online or in person.
- Examine footnotes and bibliographies from retrieved items to locate additional sources.
- Follow, retrieve and evaluate relevant online links to additional sources.
- Construct and implement effectively-designed search strategies
- Identify alternate terminology, including synonyms, broader or narrower words and phrases that describe a topic.
- Identify when and where controlled vocabulary is used in a bibliographic record, and then successfully search for additional information using that vocabulary.
- Narrow or broaden questions and search terms to retrieve the appropriate quantity of information, using search techniques such as Boolean logic, limiting, and field searching.
- Describe search functionality common to most databases regardless of differences in the search interface (e.g., Boolean logic capability, field structure, keyword searching, truncation, relevancy ranking).
- Determine when a single search strategy may not fit a topic precisely enough to retrieve sufficient relevant information.
- Critically evaluate information and its sources.
- Examine and compare information from various sources in order to evaluate reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness and point of view or bias.
- Investigate an author's qualifications and reputation through reviews or biographical sources.
- Investigate qualifications and reputation of the publisher or issuing agency by consulting other information resources
- Demonstrate an understanding that other sources may provide additional information to either confirm or question point of view or bias.
- Search for independent verification or corroboration of the accuracy and completeness of the data or representation of facts presented in an information source.
- Search discipline appropriate specialized databases using advanced search techniques.
- Differentiate between popular/scholarly and primary/secondary articles.
- Find full text of articles in library resources.
- Utilize the interlibrary loan system effectively.
- Use database features to cite articles in appropriate citation style.
- Critically evaluate information sources.