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Research in the Social Sciences (Flex 2015)

Information Literacy at Cabrillo

Library Instruction

Cabrillo Core Competencies

Critical Thinking & Information Competency

C. Research
  • Identify the need for information and data
  • Obtain data from various sources
  • Organize, process, and maintain records of the information collected
  • Analyze the information for relevance and accuracy
  • Synthesize, evaluate and communicate the results
  • Determine which technology resources will produce the desired results
  • Use current technology to acquire, organize, analyze, and communicate information

ACRL Information Literacy Framework

Information Literacy Framework

Association of College and Research Libraries, 2015


Threshold Concepts

  • Authority Is Constructed and Contextual  Different information needs require different types of expertise and authority
  • Information Creation as a Process  Format, the process that goes into creating a source
  • Information Has Value  Citation and plagiarism.  Standards of citations, acknowledgement in different contexts and  cultures.  Media & the publishing industry.  Influence.  Access to information, the digital divide and social justice themes.
  • Research as Inquiry  Research is iterative.  Research can take place outside of academia.  What information research skills will you need in your career?
  • Scholarship as Conversation  Answers to research are not final, research is an ongoing conversation.  How are the places where this conversation takes place changing?  How can you particpate in this conversation?
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration  Research is exploration, it is meandering, it is messy.  But good researchers are strategic.