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21CIF: Locate, Evaluate and Ethically use Digital information: Co Curators: Dennis O'Connor & Carl Heine
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Zotero | Grab your research with a single click

Zotero | Grab your research with a single click | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Zotero collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and really anything else. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you're looking for with just a few keystrokes.
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I've used Diigo for years. Changes in the Diigo interface just aren't working for me so I'm ready to try some alternatives.  


This tool was recommended to me by one of my graduate students. I'm going to give it a go.  If any of you have tried this, let me know? 

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The Results Are In: Libraries Matter. — Room to Read Insider — Medium

The Results Are In: Libraries Matter. - Room to Read Insider - Medium
Measuring the impact of thousands of libraries across multiple countries is quite a formidable undertaking, but with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we commissioned an independent, external research team to examine our libraries in Laos, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Zambia, and South Africa. To establish a baseline, we began evaluations at the schools before a Room to Read library was established and tracked progress in reading habits over the course of two years.
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This international study confirms the national research: Libraries matter! 

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Keith Curry Lance: Limitless Libraries Full-Report

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Keith Curry Lance - his research is always profound.

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Open access: six myths to put to rest

Open access: six myths to put to rest | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Open access to research is still held back by misunderstandings repeated by people who should know better, says Peter Suber
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Essential information to help you dispel the myths and shine the light on Open Access Research. (Let's tag it Open Educational Resources for now.)

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 24, 2014 4:03 PM

You've slaved over your research. You want an audience for your thinking..  The pundits you've been hearing are saying....


Understand the terrain. Discover the truth beyond the myths about Open access research publication.

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Scaffolding the Research Process

Presentation from Internet Librarian West on strategies for supporting students in the library research process; based on Carol Kuhlthau's model

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 12, 2014 3:57 PM

This is an important skill for students to learn. This slides how is a great step-by-step approach to teaching it.

Lourense Das's curator insight, January 13, 2014 1:11 PM

PPT on the internet and the research process: all the basics and more

Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 2014 3:06 PM

Presentation relating to the research process

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Google Docs & Research: How-To?

Google Docs & Research: How-To? | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

When students are doing research, they sometimes struggle with citing their sources or moving beyond a quick search with Google.com. The Google Docs Research Pane helps to facilitate searching for and citing sources. By going to Tools –> Research, the Research Pane pops up on the right hand side! You can search Google, images, scholar, quotes, and dictionary! By dragging and dropping certain content (e.g. images), not only will the material appear, but a footnote (in MLA, Chicago, or APA format).

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 17, 2013 6:26 AM

Great one.

Colleen Adam's curator insight, December 17, 2013 3:25 PM

Great tips for how to integrate use of GoogleDocs into research activites to help support ethical use of information.

Aunty Alice's curator insight, December 30, 2013 6:08 PM

What a big help in saving time and achieving accuracy. 

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Information Literacy and Engaging the 21st Century Learner -- 3rd edition

Digital literacy, research skills, and other information literacy skills are essential for today's learners. This video explains why these literacies are ess...

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Game Based Learning for Information Literacy Instruction. - University of Huddersfield Repository

Game Based Learning for Information Literacy Instruction. - University of Huddersfield Repository | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Walsh, Andrew (2013) Game Based Learning for Information Literacy Instruction. In: European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL), 22 to 25 October 2013, Istanbul, Turkey. (Unpublished)

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, October 26, 2013 10:49 AM

I have a set of SEEK!  and my 6th form students love it. I have yet to test Source but hope it has the same Reaction. 

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School Library Impact Studies | Keith Curry Lance

School Library Impact Studies | Keith Curry Lance | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Keith’s latest research on the impact of school libraries and librarians is being pursued on several fronts: a major, federally-funded, statewide study in Pennsylvania; and a Colorado replication of a national study that documents the impact of the Great Recession and its aftermath on school library staffing and thereby on students’ reading scores. - See more at: http://keithcurrylance.com/school-library-impact-studies/#sthash.XODVRigp.dpuf
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Keith has produced the definitive research on the effectiveness of libraries. 

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Launch of Research Clearinghouse for K-12 Blended and Online Learning

Launch of Research Clearinghouse for K-12 Blended and Online Learning | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Available at k12onlineresearch.org, the Clearinghouse already houses over 450 references to important research and publications in the field of K-12 blended and online learning. Some references came from the previous work of the Virtual School Clearinghouse, a website initially sponsored by the BellSouth Foundation and later by the AT&T foundation and directed by Dr. Rick Ferdig. Other references have been identified by MVLRI, iNACOL or other project contributors such as the Center for Online Learning and Students with Disabilities. Many, but not all, of the resources have links to full versions of the publications. -


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 21, 2013 2:04 PM

Here's a direct link to the research database: http://k12onlineresearch.org/rmwp?&func=advSearch

Lynn Dixon's curator insight, September 30, 2013 3:08 PM

interesting resource, great collaboration!

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SearchReSearch: When you want to understand an obscure part.... search for a diagram

SearchReSearch: When you want to understand an obscure part.... search for a diagram | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

"Search lesson:  Using the [ diagram ] trick is a great way to see how parts of a larger whole fit into place in context.  This is useful for bicycle parts-- [ bicycle derailleur diagram ], ships [ clipper ship sails diagram ], as well as plants [ plant ovary diagram ]"


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, August 30, 2013 12:13 PM

A great tip to share with students!

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Key Data on Kid Reading | Scholastic.com

Key Data on Kid Reading  | Scholastic.com | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Surprising new findings from Scholastic’s Kids & Family Reading Report.

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Christine Carlson's curator insight, August 9, 2013 1:43 PM

For a good overview of parents attitudes and children's reading habits.

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Fifty Ways to Leave Your Term Paper/Book Report & Tell Your Story — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Fifty Ways to Leave Your Term Paper/Book Report & Tell Your Story — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Although we believe that students need to develop the skills necessary to prepare a thoughtful, well-written, inquiry-driven research paper, our students have many other engaging product options. They can acquire subject knowledge and develop transferable information literacy and technology skills through a variety of creative activities. The following is a list of some alternative assessments for your class. For any research product or response to literature, consider how we might offer video, digital storytelling and publishing, art, drama, or presentation as an option for students to creatively communicate/share/publish/broadcast the knowledge they have gained. 

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Top Journals for e-Learning Research | e-Learning and Virtual Teams

Top Journals for e-Learning Research | e-Learning and Virtual Teams | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
After conducting a systematic literature search across disciplines, our researchers have identified roughly 1,600 relevant academic journal articles, conference proceedings, and graduate dissertations on e-learning and virtual teams published in the past decade.
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This will make your inner librarian smile. 

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Academic citation practices need to be modernized so that all references are digital and lead to full texts.

Academic citation practices need to be modernized so that all references are digital and lead to full texts. | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Finally, let me plead directly with any readers who exercise power in the scholarly publication process — because you edit a journal or a book series, you work for a publisher or undertake editing for authors, or you are a powerful person in your professional academic association. Look hard at the rules, conventions and styles that you are currently applying. Can you honestly say that your legacy requirements meet contemporary needs and have adapted to the digital dissemination of scholarship? Are your citation rules designed in a ‘born digital’ way? Do they foster open access and the replicability of research by getting the full texts of source materials in front of readers in the most direct and simple way possible? If not, why not think about changing?
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Common sense ideas for the 21st century.  I particularly appreciate the thinking about OER as the preferred primary resource. 

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What can you do with Shakespeare in a database?

What can you do with Shakespeare in a database? | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Pick a play. Click a line. Instantly  see articles on JSTOR that reference
the line.


JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. 

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What librarian wouldn't love this? 21st Century Meets the 1600's. Indexed Genius. The intersection of Shakespeare, scholarship, and databases.  Ah....

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 14, 2014 1:19 PM

Here's a fine tool for school, or for anyone with a love for language and a fascination for electronic intersection. 

Peter Balanck's curator insight, December 21, 2014 9:04 AM

Tudor technology.....

GwynethJones's curator insight, December 21, 2014 1:10 PM

The better question is, what can't you do!? LOL

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What do your stakeholders know about school library programs?


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, February 27, 2014 6:28 PM

Even though there is substantial evidence about the significant benefits of school libraries it is often ignored and dismissed.

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How Freshman Conduct Research Once they enter College


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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, December 19, 2013 7:31 AM
Important TL reading! What about non-novice freshmen?
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#MyZeitgeist: 2013 Student Challenge |

#MyZeitgeist: 2013 Student Challenge | | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

To look back at every triumph, tragedy and trend, Google creates an annual Zeitgeist, a summary of the biggest events of the year as seen through the eyes of the search engine. This year, NewsHour Extra partnered with Google to offer you, the student, the opportunity to create your own Zeitgeist by compiling the events that have made the biggest impact on your own life using the storytelling tool Meograph.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 9, 2013 12:37 PM

Here's a terrific way to promote 21st Century research and publication skills. 

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Jonathan Stray » The editorial search engine

Jonathan Stray » The editorial search engine | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

It’s impossible to build a computer system that helps people find or filter information without at some point making editorial judgements. That’s because search and collaborative filtering algorithms embody human judgement about what is important to know. I’ve been pointing this out for years, and it seems particularly relevant to the journalism profession today as it grapples with the digital medium. It’s this observation which is the bridge between the front page and the search results page, and it suggests a new generation of digital news products that are far more useful than just online translations of a newspaper.

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Thoughts on journalism, research, learning and curation...

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Buffy Hamilton: Libraries as ‘Sponsors of Literacies’: Diving Deep to Expose Narratives & Metanarratives | DMLcentral

Buffy Hamilton: Libraries as ‘Sponsors of Literacies’: Diving Deep to Expose Narratives & Metanarratives | DMLcentral | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

By exploring “who or what underwrites occasions of literacy learning and use” (Brandt, The Sponsors of Literacy 2), librarians are much better positioned to better understand and contextualize these three key issues identified by Brandt (6):



1.  How the access, organization, and privileging of literacy opportunities are impacted by issues related to race, class, and gender.
2.  How literacy sponsors contribute to what Brandt defines as the literacy crisis:  the perceived gap between rising standards for achievement and people’s ability to meet them.
3.  How might sponsors of literacy interpret their ability to provide resources and opportunities that help people transform their uses of literacy that facilitate identity development, agency and social mobility?

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As always, Buffy Hamilton's research and thinking are provocative and informative.

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Content Curation: Understanding the Why and How - a Research Study


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Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, October 16, 2013 2:17 AM

A research paper by Zhong, Shah, Sundaravadivelan and Sastry, King's college London, 2013

AnneMarie Cunningham's curator insight, October 17, 2013 8:28 AM

See the excellent notes from Robin Good below. Interesting to see more work emerging in this field.

John Thomas's curator insight, February 9, 2014 10:20 AM

Content Curation: Understanding the Why and How - a Research Study 

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Four Helpful Web Search Strategy Tutorials

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"Vaughn Memorial Library at Acadia University hosts four free animated tutorials designed to teach lessons on web research strategies. The four tutorials are Credible Sources Count, Research It Right, Searching With Success, and You Quote It, You Note It."


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Dean Mantz's curator insight, September 22, 2013 8:29 PM

This is a helpful share from Richard Byrne's site Free Tech 4 Teachers.  I encourage all educators to add this resource site to aid in the development/strenthening of student searching skills. 

Sue Alexander's curator insight, September 23, 2013 9:28 AM

just can't have too many tools in our 1:1 toolbox. These are aimed at intermediate and middle grades. Thanks Beth for another helpful Scoop!

Lynne Kemmer's comment, September 25, 2013 2:55 PM
Excellent!!
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What the Library of Congress Has for Teachers: Primary Sources and Tools and Techniques to Use Them | Teaching with the Library of Congress

What the Library of Congress Has for Teachers: Primary Sources and Tools and Techniques to Use Them | Teaching with the Library of Congress | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Primary sources are more important to teachers than ever before, and the Library of Congress makes it easy not only to find great primary sources, but also to quickly and effectively use them in your teaching.

The Library is one of the world’s largest sources of free primary sources, with more than 30 million items available via easy searching at www.loc.gov. U.S. history, English and language arts, science, world history and cultures–there are primary sources for almost every discipline.

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Sheila Fredericks's curator insight, August 25, 2013 10:56 AM

LOC is a great resource!

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, August 25, 2013 6:26 PM

boas ideias

LundTechIntegration's curator insight, August 26, 2013 11:15 AM

Primary sources are so important for CCSS.

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Two Video Guides to Website Evaluation

Two Video Guides to Website Evaluation | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

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Lourense Das's curator insight, July 28, 2013 7:13 AM

Two interesting videos on website evaluation from www.freetech4teachers.com

Dean Mantz's curator insight, July 29, 2013 12:33 AM

I would like to add to Beth Dicther's share, via Richard Byrne's Free Technology 4 Teachers, that website evaluation skills should be a necessity for any student and educator regardless of online or face-to-face. 

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, December 4, 2013 1:57 PM

website evaluation