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Title: Knowledge Literacy vs. Technology Literacy: Education and Outreach Strategies
Authors: Dominy, Margaret
Denick, Dana
Keywords: knowledge literacy;information retrieval;information seeking behavior
Issue Date: 14-Jul-2011
Abstract: For most undergraduates, throwing a few keywords into a box will get enough papers to satisfy most writing assignments. Some may use "databases" but bring Google-esque searches into the most sophisticated resources, ignoring features that would enhance the information retrieval process. This method satisfies the “good enough” principle. Students know about downloading papers, cutting and pasting text, and utilizing a reference management tool. This amalgamation of skills can be approached as a “Technology Literacy”. First year graduate students, in the sciences, face dissertation proposal. These students must suddenly delve into the body of literature in their field to track their research question. They must comprehend citation intricacies, discover the leading researchers, modify searches with subject headings, descriptors, use filtering features, employ different document types such a review papers, conference proceedings, monographs, articles, subscribe to alert services, exploit "find similar articles," explore funding opportunities, while being efficient and comprehensive. This fusion of skills demonstrates a form of “Knowledge Literacy”.
Description: Poster presented at SLA Chemistry Division Forum, October 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3546
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