DISCUSS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU AS A RESEARCHER AND WRITER TO HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF AND SKILLS FOR EVALUATING RESOURCES.

DISCUSS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU AS A RESEARCHER AND WRITER TO HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF AND SKILLS FOR EVALUATING RESOURCES.

From our Week 4 Lesson on Information Literacy we now know that Information Literacy is defined as “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” (Association of Colleges & Research Libraries, 2011). During our lesson we discussed the need to learn how to use and navigate the APUS Online Library, recognize and practice academic honesty, develop research skills, evaluate sourses to determine credibility, and foster pre-writing skills necessary for creating college research papers. With the incredible access to information online students can easily place keywords in a search box and quickly thousands of sites connected to those words or phrases will appear on the screen. How do we know which items are valid (i.e. usable and acceptable)? How does a student discern out of thousands of websites and articles which ones to use? Popularity of visit counts to a site does not indicate reliability (i.e. trustworthiness). And how can we scan resources we have located to determine usability for our particular purpose or assignment?
 
Review the following resource on How to Evaluate Information developed by the APUS Online Library. Ensure to have your speakers or headphones on to listen to the audio or you are welcome to read through the attached script https://edge.apus.edu/access/content/group/arts-and-humanities-common/COLL100/Content/W4/How_to_Evaluate_Information_TRANSCRIPT.pdf     and follow the PowerPoint slides. You may need to turn your sound up to hear the audio on the PowerPoint presentation. Once you click on the link to the presentation please then click the tab at the top of the PowerPoint “Slide Show” and then click the tab “From the Beginning” to begin the presentation and audio or you may click on the “Slide Show” icon typically found at the bottom of the screen to begin automatic play.
 

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How to Evaluate Information Presentation Video
 
http://wpc.242f.edgecastcdn.net/00242F/academics/coll100/How_to_Evaluate_Information.ppt
 
We have defined information literacy, provided an overview in the lesson on the different components of information literacy, and reviewed a resource on how to evaluate information. Discuss why it is important to you as a researcher and writer to have the knowledge of and skills for evaluating resources. Describe why identifying credible resources is necessary for you as a student researching for a class assignment and for you as an individual searching for information on the open web. Provide examples of what makes a credible source.
 
 
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Respond to this forum using a minimum of 200 words by Wednesday evening of Week 4.
 

 

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