Knowing how to analyze information so that you can make wise decisions is a crucial skill for life success. You need to know which information is most current, reliable, authoritative, and you need to be able to understand the author's purpose so that you select the best information to make decisions. Types of information-based decisions in your future include:
The decisions you make require you to analyze information.
Now you have some tools to help make the best information decision and easily keep up-to-date on a topic. Here are some ways to put your new skills to practice.
Directions: Begin with #1 and work through #3. Review #4, #5 & #6 and complete as directed by your teacher. Complete #7 & #8.
|#1||Develop a search query in one of the EBSCO databases such as Explora or Academic Search Premier. Then set your search to continue producing results using a RSS feed by clicking on on the Share link at the top right.|
|#2||Develop a search query using one of the Internet search engines such as Google. Set your search to continue producing results using a RSS feed from your Google search.|
|#3||Search INFOhio's ISearch using your keywords as search terms. (You may be asked for an INFOhio Username/Password). Check your search results in each of the tabs at the top of the search results. For some search tricks, watch the short screencast.|
Compare your ISearch results with your Google search results. Evaluate the resources you got from both searches using the C.R.A.P. Website Evaluation Check Sheet word document or interactive pdf. Add your evaluation comments to your Evernote account
Save webpages with notes in Evernote.
|#6||Select the best resources for your research project. Capture them in Zotero account you created earlier in the Tools to Excel section of this module. Add highlights, annotations, notes and tags to the information you select.|
|#7||Track your research with a research log. Download the Research Log word document or interactive PDF. It will help you know where you searched and how you found excellent information. Save your research log in Evernote.|
|#8||Check your skills with this quiz.|