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Information Fluency is the ability to find, evaluate and use information effectively, efficiently and ethically. It involves knowing how digital information is different from print information; having the skills to use specialized tools for finding information; and developing the dispositions needed in the digital information environment.
As teachers and librarians develop these skills and teach them to students, students will become better equipped to achieve their information needs.
Why is Research Important?
Step 1: Ask the right questions
Step 2: Acquire and search for information
- Determining where information is
- Determining what skills are needed to find the information
- Prioriting search strategies
- Skimming, scanning and scouring the resources for pertinent information
- Filtering: taking smart Notes
Step 3: Analyse what you have found
- Cross-checking information from a variety of sources (triangulating)
- Summarizing from a variety of sources
- Working independently and collaboratively
- Checking forrelevance and authenticity
- Documenting, crediting (bibliographies) and taking notes
- Learn how to paraphrase and write it in your own words.
Step 4: Apply your research
- Apply the knowledge within the context of a real-life real-world problem or a simulation of one
- Product creation
- Problem Solving
- Effectively analyzed information turned into personal knowledge and applied to solving the problem
Step 5: Assess and reflect on the process
- Students assess the product and process
- Reflect critically