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Googlepedia: Turning Information Behaviors into Research Skills

Author: 
McClure, Randall
Series Edition: 
Vol. 2

How do you, as a teacher, help students in the process of moving into the virtual library for their research needs, while respecting and understanding the information behaviors they practice and prefer? Growing up in the digital age, students often come to our first year writing courses with a rich and varied set of technological skills and information behaviors. They may already know how to search through multiple portals for information and interact through multiple devices and formats (Facebook & Twitter). Instead of prohibiting the use of certain information sources on the Web, such as Google and Wikipedia, this chapter proposes that teachers challenge students to merge their current information behaviors with traditional information literacy strategies; it includes suggestions for helping students meet that challenge.

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