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Faculty Information at Spokane Falls Community College: WA Universities Rising Junior Initative

Rising Junior Information Literacy

Information literacy expectations agreed to by the Washington State universities.  This document was a collaboration between university library directors and university academic vice presidents in 2007.

Expectations for entering Juniors-

  • Be able to shape a basic research question appropriate to the topic and to the audience; be able to modify or revise research questions to achieve a manageable focus.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the types of information resources available and distinguish which ones are relevant to the task; formulate effective search strategies.
  • Begin to explore how researchers formulate questions and use specific research methods to generate evidence and support conclusions.
  • Recognize differences between popular and scholarly information.
  • Recognize differences between primary and secondary sources.
  • Gain a sense of when and what type of web sources are appropriate to a given research project.
  • Understand that there are multiple approaches to research; be flexible, creative, and resourceful in using research strategies.
  • Practice critical assessment of sources (i.e. usefulness, authorship, currency, point of view, bias, use of evidence, etc.)
  • Demonstrate basic skills in summarizing, analyzing, and synthesizing information from a wide variety of sources.
  • Incorporate an understanding of their personal values and biases when making inferences and drawing conclusions about sources of information; reflect upon their own assertions.
  • Appreciate that there are ethical issues inherent in research.
  • Communicate results of research (via written, oral, or visual means) meeting standards of organization, evidence, coherence, and correctness.
  • Be aware of institutional regulations concerning plagiarism and academic honesty.
  • Know how and when to document sources using an appropriate citation format.
  • Understand the role of library professionals and faculty in guiding them towards reliable information resources and effective research methods.

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