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A Note for Instructors
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College Research and Information Literacy
What This Book Will Cover
What are Algorithms?
The Influence of Algorithms
The Attention Economy
Algorithms and Polarization
Information Disorder, Truth, and Trust
Web Evaluation Skills: A "Bleak" Track Record
College Students and Cynicism
Information Hygiene and Info-Environmentalism
The SIFT Method
Using Wikipedia Effectively
Fact-Checking Images and Memes
Information Sources: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary
Information Sources: Traditional Formats
Information Sources: Media
Information Sources: Online
Information Sources: Bias
Choosing a Topic
Identifying the Main Concepts
Avoiding Confirmation Bias
Brainstorming Related Terms
Creating a Search Statement
Using OneSearch: Your California Community College Library’s Search Tool
Finding Your Books
Filters and Advanced Search Options in OneSearch
How Libraries Organize Materials
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC)
Library of Congress Classification (LCC)
Library Databases: What’s Inside Them?
Choosing a Library Database
Specialized Library Databases: Videos, Ebooks, and More!
Scholarly Articles, Magazine Articles, and Newspaper Articles
You Found Some Resources! Now What?
Preparing to Use a Database: What Do You Need to Find?
Full Text? HTML, PDF, and EPUB
A Very Brief History of the Internet
Search Engines and Tools
Comparing Search Tools
Academic Search Tools
Searching and Privacy
Controlling Your Search
Citing: Websites, Web pages, Files, Articles
Contributing to the Conversation
Why We Cite Sources
Plagiarism and Academic Integrity
When to Cite Sources
Citation Steps for Any Style
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
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