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Introduction to Information Resources IDS4930 | 1 credit Spring 2013 Instructor : Missy Clapp | email@example.com | 352.273.2624 | 542 Library West Office hours: MW 9 a.m. to noon or contact via email Course website: http://lss.at.ufl.edu Course communications Email is the best way to communicate with the instructor. Please include "IDS4930" in the subject heading. Please also email ONLY from your Gatorlink email as external email hosts may be filtered into UF's spam protection. Course texts No course textbook. Readings will be assigned as needed and will be found either through Open Access or through library access (I recommend downloading UFs VPN: www.uflib.ufl.edu/ufproxy.html ). Course requirements A computer with audio capabilities including speakers and microphone. Internet. Word or Pages or other word processing software. There are no course prerequisites to IDS4930. Course overview/Purpose of the course 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. Yo u 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. Course Objectives By the end of this course, students will be able to: Determine the nature and extent of the information needed Understand what it means to be information literate Perform the research process Access needed information effectively and efficiently Locate library resources Build search strategies and use keywords Navigate research databases Evaluate information and its sources and incorporate selected information into existing kno wledge bases and value systems Debate information ethics Evaluate sources critically
Use information to accomplish a specific purpose Cite sources appropriately Write literature reviews and abstracts Communicate research Understand the economic, legal, an d social issues surrounding the use of information Understand plagiarism and copyright Use non textual information resources Understand participation in information as choice Instructional methods Homework assignments and literacy labs will consist of a variety of instructions, file formats, and tasks. Follow the instructions carefully found within each module. Assignments should be submitted via the course website. The Midterm Exam will consist of up to ten questions that will require you to use skills acquired in the course in order to come up with the correct answer. The time limit will be one hour. COURSE POLICIES ATTENDANCE Attendance is not graded as class meets asynchronously. LATE ASSIGNMENTS There will be no late assignments or make up exams witho ut a University approved excuse. ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION Unless otherwise indicated assignments should be submitted through the course website by 11:55PM o n the due date. Do not wait until the last minute to turn in an assignment because of the possibility of technical difficulties. UF POLICIES ACCOMMODATIONS University Policy on Accommodating Students with Disabilities: Students r equesting accommodation for disabilities must 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 m ust submit this do cumentation prior to submitting assignments or taking the quizzes or exams. Accommodations are not retroactive; therefore, students should contact the office as soon as possible i n the term for which they are seeking accommodations. ACADEMIC HONOR CODE St udents are expected to uphold the Academic Honor Code published in the Undergraduate Catalog ( http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/catalog/policies/students.html ). Please become familiar w ith the policies of the Honor Code ( http://www.dso.ufl.edu/sccr/honorcodes/honorcode.php ) a s all violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office. Research m isconduct, such as plagiarism or cheating, will result in an automatic failing grade for the assignment.
NETIQUETTE All members of the class are expected to follow rules of common courtesy in all email messages, threaded discussions, and chats. All members are expected to follow these guidelines: http://teach.ufl.edu/wp content/uploads/2012/08/NetiquetteGuideforOnlineCourses.pdf Getting Help For issues with technical diffic ulties for E learning in Sakai, please contact the UF Help Desk at: Learning support @ ufl edu (352) 392HELP select option 2 https :// lss at ufl edu / help shtml Any requests for make ups due to technical issues MUST be accompanied by the ticket number received from LSS when the problem was r eported 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 makeup. Other resources are available at http :// www distance ufl edu / getting help for: Counselin g and Wellness resources Disability resources Resources for handling student concerns and complaints Library Help Desk support Should you have any complaints with your experience in this course please visit http://www.distance.ufl.edu/student complaints to submit a complaint. COURSE GRADING Assignment Percentages Midterm exam = 20% Literacy Labs /homework = 4 0% Annotated bibliography = 40 % Final Grades 94100% A 9093% A 8789% B+ 8386 % B 8082% B 7779% C+ 7376% C 7072 % C6769% D+ 6366% D 6 0 62 % D < 60% E
Weekly schedule : Topic Have prepared before class : Literacy Lab /assignmen t due Fri day : Week 1 Unit 1: Determinin g the nature and extent of the information needed Introduction to information literacy Introduction to The Filter Bubble by Eli Pariser on Google Books (free preview) Whats in your bag? and homework #1: Screencast of NYT search Week 2 Fundamentals of scholarly research Week 3 Unit 2: Accessing needed info effectively and efficiently Accessing information: beginnings Research Map Week 4 Organization of info r mation Library Landscape Week 5 Accessing information: subject specific resources Found in Translation Week 6 Accessing Information: the internet Is Google Making Us Stupid? by Nicholas Carr, The Atlantic Week 7 Unit 3: Evaluating Info and its Sources Critically Critical & ethical perspectives on information Case in Point Week 8 Evaluating information Homework #2: "Evaluation of Information"
and Midterm exam. Week 9 Unit 4: Using Info Effectively to Accomplish a Specific Purpose Managing your information Create a Refworks folder for your Annotated Bib+ project. Watch the tutorials in the help menu. Week 10 Prioritizing resources for information needs Shoulders of Giants Week 11 Using resources productively Annotated Bibliographies by the Purdue Online Writing Lab: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/614/1 / and Annotated Bibliography Example http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/614/0 2/ Annotated Bibliography Week 12 Unit 5: Economic, Legal, and Social Issues of Using Information Scholarly communication Watch Go Open Access 1, 2, & 3 on YouTube: http://goo.gl/wl764 Week 13 Legal issues in the digital age Chapter 5 Why Heather Can Write: Media Literacy and the Harry Potter Wars in Henry Jenkins book Convergence Culture, 2006. The ebook is available through the UF Libraries. Warning: do not procrastinate with this reading because of limited access to the ebook! You may select the pdf version of the chapter and save it to your computer. Memes and Themes Week 14 Non textual information Creative Commons Images Week 15 Digital citizenship Chapter 6 Photoshop for Democracy in Henry Jenkins book Convergence Culture 2006. The e book is available through the UF Libraries. Warning: do not procrastinate with this reading because of limited access to the e book! You may select the pdf version of the chapter and save it to
your computer. Week 16 Reflection and wrap up Final Annotated Bib+ due during finals week This syl labus and the weekly schedule are subject to change.