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Research skills

Research skills
Research is pretty easy – visit a website or two, find some quotes and your assignment is on its way, right? That's true, but if you put in a little more effort, you'll find better information faster and hand in a better assignment. This step-by-step guide shows you how to break down research tasks into manageable parts and find reliable information. Understand exactly what the question is asking, so you know how to answer it really well. Find great resources quickly and easily with some simple search techniques. Learn how to choose the best, most reliable information to use in your assignment. Turn your information into a good set of notes that will make the writing process quicker and easier. Plan the points you want to make, and decide how you want to make them. Check over everything before you hand in, to make sure your work is the best it can be.

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Do we need library lessons? - SCIS Barbara Band looks at the many benefits of regular library lessons, and speculates what would be lost without them. A school library is (or should be) a whole-school facility, enabling the learning needs of all students, supporting staff to deliver the curriculum, and providing resources for reading and information within a unique space. That’s the theory. The reality, however, is likely to be library staff constantly juggling between the diverse needs of various groups, library lessons full of hands-on activities, busy research lessons using a multitude of resources, quiet periods of study, and times of silent personal reading. All this usually in one room during one day!

Harvard Referencing - Basic - Referencing & Plagiarism - LibGuides at TAFE South Australia The Harvard Referencing System is commonly used for referencing sources. However check with your lecturer or course handouts for any specific requirements and follow their preferred referencing method. Scroll down to the bottom for a handy 2-page printable version of this guide Why reference your assignments? Referencing your assignments avoids plagiarism by acknowledging the original author or source of the information. It enables your reader to evaluate the worth of the sources by reading your list and to follow-up on those resources for themselves.

Navigating the information landscape through collaboration - SCIS Elizabeth Hutchinson, Head of Schools' Library Service in Guernsey, writes that information literacy is at the centre of student learning, making the role of library staff as important as ever. School libraries and school library professionals have a huge role to play in supporting teaching and learning within a school. I often hear visiting authors comment on being able to identify a good school by how well the library is used. School librarian Caroline Roche penned the phrase ‘heart of the school’, which is used to describe schools whose library is at the centre of learning. Skills in Accessing, Finding & Reviewing Information - Safari It is probably obvious from your lists that the concept of information quality is anything but straightforward. To suggest that information is either ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is to simplify some very complex issues and arguments. For example, how did you classify ‘complicated’? Depending on what you need the information for this may be good or bad – the context of use is the most important deciding factor. Similarly, something that is ‘subjective’ or ‘dated’ may be useless to a scientist but very good for an historian. We will look further at this point in Section 5, Topic 4.

How to Rescue a Wet, Damaged Book: A Short, Handy Visual Primer After the hurricanes in Florida and Texas, the question has surely been asked: How to save those wet, damaged books? Above, you can watch a visual primer from the Syracuse University Libraries--people who know something about taking care of books. It contains a series of tips--some intuitive, some less so--that will give you a clear action plan the next time water and paper meet. Evaluating Internet Research Sources Robert Harris Version Date: January 21, 2015 Previous: December 27, 2013; November 6, 2013; Nov. 22, 2010 and June 15, 2007 "The central work of life is interpretation." --Proverb Introduction: The Diversity of Information Adopting a Skeptical Attitude

Libraries, Schools, Social Media and lots more...: 4 ways the school librarian can save teachers time and help support independent learners Independent learners What makes an Independent learner? • The ability to understand which resource is going to help you find the best quality information and being able to use research skills to locate it. • Knowing and understanding the importance of referencing, copyright and giving credit.

Jenny Luca - Toorak College Information Fluency Program Toorak College Information Fluency ProgramCC BY-NC-SAAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlikeAt Toorak College the teaching and learning of information fluency skills is embedded in the dissemination of an integrated curriculum. The Information Fluency Program recognises the importance of preparing and skilling students to be active, productive and collaborative contributors in an increasingly global society. The Program is based on the standards developed by the International Society for Technology in Education(ISTE®) and compatible with the General Capabilities identified by ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) in the Australian Curriculum. It outlines, at each year level, relevant skills, learning tasks and applications that reflect 21st century learning and living. The Australian Curriculum includes seven general capabilities:

ON LIBRARIES – The Highly Effective School Librarian – Hilda K. Weisburg When school librarians are recognized as a leader they are called highly effective.” Until now the best tool for evaluating this has been the Danielson Framework – Library Media Specialists, but thanks to ALA Past Presidents Sari Felman and Julie Todaro their ALA Initiative, “Libraries Transform – The Expert in the Library has given us something more precise. Now we can point to eleven competencies based on the National Policy Board for Educational Leaders’ Professional Standards for Education Leaders (PSEL). Thanks go to Susan Ballard, Dorcas Hand, and Sara Kelly Johns who have created a way we can self-assess and determine our own route forward. The website for School Librarian PSEL Competencies – Building Our Expertise has directions and the host of resources you need to act on what might be the best PD you ever had. To help you get started, I will unpack what is available for you on the website.

What is information literacy? - CILIP: the library and information association What is information literacy? CILIP's Information Literacy Group has released CILIP Definition of Information Literacy 2018 at the LILAC Conference and reinforces the relevance of information literacy in the current age: “Information literacy is the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to develop informed views and to engage fully with society.” A lot has changed since 2004 when the first CILIP definition of information literacy was devised. There is a greater recognition of the value of information professionals as teachers in either formal or informal settings and across the sectors.

Eleven Reasons Why Librarians Rock – EveryLibrary Whether they are doing storytime, teaching classes about social media privacy, or discovering new books to add to their collections, librarians always work overtime — and wear many different hats — to bring the magic that they do day in and day out to their communities. In short, librarians rock. Here is just a handful of reasons how and why: Librarians love books. Librarians don’t just read books, but they read about books as well. There's So Much on the Web! Helping Students Become Internet-Research Savvy No matter how much we emphasize the importance of books and databases, the reality is our students are using the Internet for research and will continue to do so. The plethora of high-quality resources available online cannot be ignored. But teaching our students how to navigate the intricate web of invisible wires cannot be ignored, either.

Evolution of the book - Julie Dreyfuss Prior to the release of the Amazon Kindle in November 2007, Stephen Levy commented in his Newsweek article, “Amazon: Reinventing the Book,” on the concept of the book as an invention. Quoting Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos directly, Levy writes that “‘books are the last bastion of analog.” This phrasing suggests the book as a set of definable qualities that can be manipulated, redefined, and commodified. Home "ZEIG DICH" // Museum Night at the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library in Leipzig // Saturday, 6 May 2017, 18:00-24:00 This year's theme is "Zeig dich!" ("Show yourself!") and numerous museums and collections in Halle and Leipzig will be opening their doors to present themselves and their diverse holdings. Yet the theme also invites the Museum Night visitors to have plenty of fun exploring everything that the different museums have to offer.