COMS 201

Winter 2003

INFORMATION LITERACY PILOT PROJECT ASSIGNMENT

* You have three weeks to complete this assignment

WORTH 5%

DUE February 10th or February 13th in your Tutorial

 

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information”, (American Library Association, 1989). Information literacy forms the basis of lifelong learning. To help you accomplish this goal the following assignment will be used to help you learn how to find information and knowledge from a Scientific Research Journal.

 

 

WORTH 1%

Find an article from the Canadian Journal of Communication. You can search for the articles by using (1) title, (2) author, (3) paper number, (4) subject, or (5) theory. Download the entire article if you are conducting an on-line search and print it out or photocopy the article from the actual Journal in the stacks. (Printing out the first 5-6 pages will do if it is a 20-30 page article).

 

WORTH 4% Information Evaluation Checklist:

 

2. What is the research question?

 

3. Give a brief explanation why this is an authoritative source of information and explain why.

 

4. Does the journal article provide very much scope? In other words does the journal article provide a broad overview of the topic at hand or does it focus on a particular aspect?

 

5. When was the article published? Is currency critical concerning the phenomena under study and if so, why is timeliness important?

 

 

*****NOTE: HAND IN THE PRINTED JOURNAL ARTICLE AND ANSWERS TO THE ABOVE QUESTIONS IN LAB.