You might be surprised to find out that learning how to research is not just a skill you need for writing papers. It is part of a bigger goal. This goal is to become information literate.
Any time you need to make an informed decision you need information literacy skills. Whether it is buying a car, choosing a career, doing research at work, or making an important medical decision, information literacy skills will be important.
Information literacy is one of the five MCC general education goals--more about that in the box below. Information literacy is also the mission of the library, and an important life skill. So, what does information literacy mean?
Information Literacy is the ability to recognize when information is needed and to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively.
All students need to develop these skills. It is a graduation requirement that you develop an E-Portfolio in which you will place a sample assignment illustrating your proficiency in each of these skills:
1. Critical Thinking: To identify, define, analyze, synthesize, interpret, and evaluate ideas.
2. Information Literacy: To locate, evaluate and use resources effectively.
3. Effective Communication: To develop, articulate and convey meaning.
4. Ethical Awareness: To identify and make responsible choices in a diverse world.
5. Technological Literacy: To purposefully integrate technology toward an educational goal.
Follow Susan through each step of the research process (the gold tabs above) as she learns what it means to be information literate!
For hearing impaired students:
The worst thing just happened to me! I just came from my English class, and my teacher assigned us a research paper. I don't have time to go to the library. In fact, I'm not even sure where the library is. Can somebody help me?