Archive for July, 2016

Survey pitfalls and info lit

Survey pitfalls and info lit

  I have been auditing a research methods class.  Overall the course has been a good refresher on how to evaluate research.  Since they are plentiful, especially during an election year, I’ll focus on polls and surveys. The class covered the major pitfalls common to survey research.   For instance non-random […]

By July 28, 2016 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Summer reading and the research conversation

Summer reading and the research conversation

  Currently I am reading Rebecca’s Tale, by Sally Beauman.  The story builds upon Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca.  In a sense the two novels speak to one another.  Likewise we can see research as a conversation (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015). Rebecca’s Tale takes place 20 years after […]

By July 21, 2016 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Discovery, surprises, and info lit

Discovery, surprises, and info lit

To better use it in my teaching I have spent extra time with OneSearch, the library’s discovery tool.  Such tools show us how searching is strategic (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015).  Strategy does not preclude surprises, though. On July 11 I searched for recent scholarly items on portfolios […]

By July 14, 2016 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Some words about information

Some words about information

“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both.” –James Madison, letter to W.T. Barry [ August 4, 1822] Found in Platt, S. (Ed.). (1989). Respectfully quoted: A dictionary of quotations requested from the […]

By July 7, 2016 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library