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International Social Work year 2 - information skills: Introduction

E-learning clip information literacy

Information Literacy

Diagnostic test

Learning objections and topics

How to become an information literate student. 
Last year you had a lecture about searching and finding reliable sources. This year we are going to place searching and finding reliable sources in a larger context: Information Skills. In six steps, you learn to structure your literature research. 

You have information skills if you are able to gather, assess, process and present reliable information in a systematic way. This is an important part of the ‘research skills’ competence. You acquire information skills by systematically going through the process of searching for information.
The learning outcome is that you know exactly where to find reliable information and how to apply these sources in your reports. It's all about high quality literature and how to use it correctly and ethically. 


6 steps to Information Literacy

 step 1 Orientation Orientation in: HANQuest / Google / Google Scholar / Nexis Uni
  step 2 Searching Search query / Search terms / Search strategies 
  step 3 Finding

Search actions in sources

 step 4 Assessing Assess on reliability
  step 5 Referencing

Processing and referencing with APA-Guidelines

  step 6 Evaluating Evaluate / Is it good enough


Record the steps

From the first step, you should record what you’ve done in your search for information. Creating structure allows you to maintain an overview of the search process.

If you keep a record of your search and results during the search, you can adjust the process as necessary. This allows you to see which search terms and sources you’ve used, and you’ll be able to find this information again later. You will also need a record of your search process and results for the assessment of your final product. The person who is assessing the result needs to be able to verify how you searched and what information you found.