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More on Information Literacy

September 27, 2009

One of the distinctions that I think it’s important garden library architecture 012to make has to do with the difference between what’s credible and what’s plausible. Typically, we don’t attend to plausbility, and what students often do is look for what’s plausible, which for them counts as credible.

So one suggestion is to distinguish between those two.

A second is to ask students to use Janice Walker and Todd Taylor’s schema for citations. Again, what we typically do is ask students to use a given citation practice, and sometimes we explain it.  But what’s interesting, as Walker and Todd point out, is that if you read across all kinds of citation practices, they share five characteristics. 

  »access

»intellectual property

»economy

»standardization

»transparency

These principles are part of the content of information literacy, and a good question is what other content might be useful. I’ll try to address that in the next couple of days.

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