Syllabus IDS4930 Introduction to Information Resources
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Title: Syllabus IDS4930 Introduction to Information Resources
Series Title: IDS4930 Introduction to Information Resources
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Creator: Johnson, Margeaux
Craig, Cindy
Publication Date: 2012
Copyright Date: 2012
Subjects / Keywords: Information Literacy
Information Literacy Instruction
Library Research
Library Instruction
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Temporal Coverage: Fall ( 2012 - 2012 )
Abstract: IDS 4930 Introduction to Information Resources is a one-credit course in which you learn how to conduct solid, reliable library research that will help you in every class you take at UF. You will learn the critical thinking skills needed to find, evaluate, and use relevant scholarly resources in a variety of disciplines. This dynamic, hands-on course will engage you with creative thinking and media production tools as you explore the social responsibilities of using information in the digital age.
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SECTION 11 C 4 FALL 2012 TUESDAYS 1:55 2:45 COURSE DESCRIPTION TEXTS, + OBJECTIVE S COURSE INSTRUCTORS IDS 4930 Introduction to Information Resources is a one credit course in which you learn how to conduct solid, reliable library research that will help you in every class you take at UF. You will learn the critical thinking skills needed to find, evaluate, and use relevant scholarly resources in a variet y of disciplines. This dynamic, hands on course will engage you with creative thinking and media production tools as you explore the social responsibilities of using information in the digital age. Course Texts George, M. (2008) The elements of library r esearch: What every student needs to know. Princeton University Press. Jenkins, H. (2006) Convergence culture: where old and new media collide. New York University Press. Course Objectives By the end of this course, s tudents will be able to: Determine the nature and extent of the information needed P erform the research process Access needed information effectively and efficiently Locate library resources Build search strategies and use keywords N avigate research databases E valuate information and its sources and incorporate selected information into existing knowledge base s and value systems Debate information ethics Evaluate sources critically Use information to accomplish a specific purpose Cite source s appropriately Write literature reviews and abstracts Communicate research Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information Understand plagiarism and copyright Use non textual information resources Understand participation in information as choice Cindy Craig 505 Library West 352 273 2649 clcraig@ufl.edu Office Hours: Wednesday Period 4, 10:40 11:30 or by appointment Margeaux Johnson 209B Marston Science Library 352 273 2863 margeaux@ufl.edu Office Hours: Monday Period 7, 1:55 2:45 Thursday Period 3, 9:35 10:25 or by appointment


GRADES Please see the official UF grading polices here: http://bit.ly/MYptVQ Numerical grades 94 100% A 90 93% A 87 89% B+ 83 86% B 80 82% B 77 79% C+ 73 76% C 70 72% C 67 69% D+ 63 66% D 60 62% D < 60% E ASSIGNMENT BREAKDOWN 48% Literacy Labs (4 points each) 12% Midterm Exam 15% Class Participation 25% Annotated Bibliography ATTENDANCE. Attendance at class meetings is 15% of your course grade. Attendance is required Each class session will be worth one point of your final grade. You may have one excused absence; however, you must contact the instructor prior to missing a class session. You will be responsible for any assignments given out during class. LATE ASSIGNMENTS. Assignments will be accepted up to a week after they are due with a 10% penalty per day. Please contact the instructor as soon as possible if you have a medical or ot her emergency excuse. Assignments will not be accepted beyond 1 week overdue. There will be no make up exams or assignments without a University approved absence. ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSIO N. Unless indicated otherwise, assignments should be submitted through the course website by 11:55PM on the due date. Do not wait until the last minute to turn in an assignment because of the possibility of technical difficulties. CELL PHONES. Please turn off your phone ringer and do not text or surf the web during class unless it is required for the literacy lab that day ACCOMMODATIONS. University Policy on Accommodating Students with Disabilities: Students requesting accommodation for disabilities m ust first register with the Dean of Students Office (http://www.dso.ufl.edu/drc/). The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the instructor when requesting accommodation. You must submit this documentation prior to submitting assignments or taking the quizzes or exams. Accommodations are not retroactive, therefore, students should contact the office as soon as possible in the term for which they are seeking accommodations. ACADEMIC HONOR CODE. Students are expected to uphold the Academic Honor Code published in the Undergraduate Catalog ( http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/ catalog/policies/students.html ) Please be come familiar with the policies of the Honor Code ( http://www.dso.ufl.edu/sccr/ honorcodes/honorcode.php ) as all violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office. Research Misconduct, such as plagiarism or cheating, will result in an automatic f ailing grade for the assignment. Course Policies Please contact the instructors if you have any questions about the course!


Course Schedule WEEKLY TOPIC LITERACY LAB (assigned in class; due Monday evening ) READINGS (due before class) U NIT 1: DETERMINING T HE NATURE AND EXTENT OF THE INFORMATION N EEDED Week 1 (8/28) : Introduction to Information Literacy bag? Information profile (DUE: 9/3) George Ch. 1: Introduction to Research as Inquiry Week 2 (9/4) : Fundamentals of Scholarly Research Research Map (DUE: 9/10) George Ch. 2: From Research Assignment to Research Plan Appendix C: Research Time lines UNIT 2: ACCESSING NE EDED INFORMATION EFF ECTIVELY AND EFFICIE NTLY Week 3 (9/11) : Accessing Information: Library Research Library Landscape (DUE: 9/17) George Ch. 3: Strategy and Tools for Discovery Taylor Ch 2: Retrieval Tools Week 4 (9/18): Organizing Information Found in Translation: Speaking the language of your major (DUE: 9/24) Taylor Ch 1: Organization of Recorded Information Mann Ch 2: Subject Headings and the Library Catalog Week 5 (9/25): Accessing Information: Subject Specific Resources Subject Map (DUE: 10/1) George Ch. 4: Fine Art of Finding Sources Week 6 (1 0/2): Accessing Information: The Open Web Wild, Wild, Web (DUE: 10/8) Carr, N. (2008) Is Google Making us Stupid? What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, Atlantic Monthly UNIT 3: EVALUATING I NFORMATION AND ITS S OURCES CRITICALLY Week 7 (10/9): Critical & Ethical Perspectives on Information Case in Point (DUE: 10/15) George Ch 5: Insight, Evaluation, Argument, and Beyond Week 8 (10/16): Evaluation of Information (no literacy lab) MIDTERM UNIT 4: USING INFORM ATION EFFECTIVELY TO ACCOMPLISH A SPECIFIC PURPOSE Week 9 (10/23): Managing Information Go with the Flow (DUE: 10/29) Week 10 (10/30): Prioritizing Resources for Information Needs Shoulders of Giants (DUE: 11/5) 3 Articles of your own choosing (These will be used to create the annotated bibliography next week) Week 11 (11/6): Using Resources Productively Annotated Bibliography Draft (DUE: 11/12) 3 Articles of your own choosing (These will be used to create the annotated bibliography this week) UNIT 5: USING INFORM ATION: ECONOMIC, LEGAL AND SOCIAL ISS UES Week 12 (11/13): Scholarly Communications (no literacy lab) library guide: http://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/OpenAccess Week 13 (11/20): Legal Issues in the Digital Age Memes & Themes (DUE: 11/26) Jenkins (2006) Why Heather Can Write and Media Literacy and the Harry Potter Wars in Convergence Culture Week 14 (11/27): Non Textual Information: Multimedia Creative Commons Images (DUE: 12/3) Jenkins (2006) Introduction: Worship at the Altar of Convergence: A New Paradigm for Understanding Media Change in Convergence Culture Jenkins (2006) Searching for the Origami Unicorn: The Matrix and Transmedia Storytelling in Converge nce Culture Week 15 (12/4): Digital Citizenship Short reflection essay (DUE: 12/5) Jenkins (2006) Photoshop for Democracy in Convergence Culture Jenkins (2006) Democratizing Television? The politics of Participation in Convergence Culture Week 16 (12/11): Reflection and wrap up (no literacy lab; work on your final) FINAL Annotated Bib+ (due during finals week)


Seeking Help For issues with technical difficulties for E learning in Sakai, please contact the UF Help Desk at: Learning support@ufl.edu (352) 392 HELP select option 2 https://lss.at.ufl.edu/help.shtml ** Any requests for make up s due to technical issues MUST be accompanied by the ticket number received from LSS when the problem was reported to them. The ticket number will document the time and date of the problem. You MUST e mail your instructor within 24 hours of the technical difficulty if you wish to request a make up. Other resources are available at http://www.distance.ufl.edu/ getting help Including : Counseling and Wellness resources Disability resources Resources for handling student concerns and complaints Accessing E Learning Course materials, assignments and announcements will be made through the University of Florida e learning site (Sakai). You can log into e learning at: http://lss.at.ufl. edu You will need to use the e learning site weekly to: Submit assignments Share literacy lab creations with your peers Receive course announcements Access readings Take quizzes/ tests Access your grades Participate in discussion boards