Learner Outcomes for this session include:
  1. Demonstrate confidence and competence in using digital resources to lead students in information acquisition, analysis, synthesis, and publication (EETT)
  2. Address differentiation in Tier 1 instruction by implementing literacy strategies in all content areas (Adolescent Literacy Institute)

Warm-up exercise - Locate and share three interesting facts about a controversial topic
  • What resource(s) did you use?
  • Why did you use this/these resource(s)?

Is Wikipedia good enough? Read and discuss--

Develop a rationale for using library databases and eReference books throughout the school year:
  • How might you encourage the use of databases and eBooks?
    • Class/teacher
      • Blogs
      • Wikis
      • Websites
      • GoogleDocs
    • Introduce specific resources on an "as needed" basis --a general library orientation at the start of the year is NOT the place to do this
      • Students need a reason to learn to use these resources
      • There needs to be an opportunity to practice using these right away

Which resources work best for developing background knowledge with "fill-in-the-blank"
  • Helps students make text-to-world connections
  • How might students share this knowledge with other students?
    • Blogs
    • Wikis

How does the use of online databases and eBooks assist students with developing information literacy skills? --especially the evaluation of resources?
  • Authority? Currency? Accuracy? Validity? Reliability?
  • One solution is to require an "annotated bibliography" to justify the use of any resource
    • This works well for web pages in particular
    • The annotation is an explanation of
      • "How do you know this is a valid/reliable source?"
      • "Where in your project/presentation/paper did you use it?"
    • Promotes synthesis and application by the student

Identification of useful/special features in databases and eBooks available to all three LPS High Schools (including Options):
  • Literature Resource Center

    • Take a look at each of the tabs across the top --divides results into categories
    • Boolean basics (AND, OR, NOT)
    • Use of quotation marks -- "sink or swim"
    • Previous Searches link -- history of what the student has searched
      • Useful for determining why a student isn't being successful with their search
  • Rosen Teen Health and Wellness

    • Works with boolean (AND,OR, NOT) and wildcard operators (* ?)
    • Draws on Rosen's Need to Know and Coping series (plus others)
    • Further Reading link lists both nonfiction and fiction
    • Did you mean? function catches misspellings (marijuna = marijuana)
    • Compare Resources listing to Google search
  • Opposing Viewpoints

    • Viewpoints publications include At Issue, Contemporary Issues, Current Controversies, Information Plus, Opposing Viewpoints
    • Reference sources include titles such as Worldmark Encyclopedia of Nations and the Environmental Encyclopedia
    • Primary sources include publications like the 9-11 Commission Report
    • Multimedia tab includes a link to Google Images search
    • Previous Searches link works just like does in LRC --great for seeing how a student has developed their search
    • Note authorship of Viewpoints articles --this could effect properly citing the source
  • EBSCO MAS Ultra

    • Designed specifically for high school students
    • Full text articles from over 500 popular magazines
    • Has over 100,000 primary source documents (transcript to the "I Have A Dream" speech, for example)
    • Be sure to check the Full Text box
    • Hover over icon to see abstract of article --this works for all EBSCO databases
    • Image collection
    • Lexile level
  • EBSCO Academic Search Elite

    • currently Premier --next year will be downgraded to Elite
    • Contains over 2,000 scholarly journals (about three-fourths are peer reviewed)
  • EBSCO MasterFILE Elite

    • Also a downgrade from the Premier package
    • Designed for public libraries
    • Contains over 1,000 general reference full text magazines
  • Dictionary of American History

    • eReference book
    • Authoritative --all articles are signed
    • search "Ayn Rand"
  • Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)

    • Includes Nongovernmental Agencies reports
    • VERY high level

What are the disadvantages of using databases and eReference books? Advantages?
The Internet vs the Online Database: What's the Difference? PPT