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Defines Research Needs

Standard One

The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed

Performance Indicators:

  • The information literate student defines and articulates the need for information.
  • The information literate student identifies a variety of types and formats of potential sources for information.
  • The information literate student considers the costs and benefits of acquiring the needed information.
  • The information literate student reevaluates the nature and extent of the information need.

Example Assessment Methods And Activities

  1. Make sure students understand all of the requirements for the assignment, such as the difference between scholarly and popular journals or that multiple types of resources (books, journals, web sites, etc.) must be used.
  2. Have students paraphrase the assignment and/or list all the questions they have about assignment. 
  3. Give students a flowchart of the assignment noting steps/tasks needed to successfully complete project.
  4. Share examples of good and not so good papers/research projects from previous classes, so they can see the end result. 
  5. Have students do a mind-map or some kind of graphical conceptualization of their research topic. 
  6. Develop an assignment to help students gauge if there is enough information or too little on their topic. 
  7. Have students share topic ideas to the class or within peer groups for comments, suggestions, and questions. 
  8. Have students think of a topic from a variety of viewpoints: feminist, environmental, conservative, etc. 
  9. Students list what they already know about a topic and then list the questions they still have about the topic. 
  10. Students list a broad topic and give 2-3 aspects or points of view they could pursue. 
  11. Have students use general reference sources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, or indexes to explore a topic. 
  12. Have students take a broad topic and browse an index to see what is being written in that area and to see the different arguments/voices on the topic.
  13. Students identify key sources for remaining current in their field and describe how and when they will utilize professional and scholarly literature in their professional practice.