Finding Valuable Information in Many Different Places

Assignment:

Compile and organize at least 15 great information resources on a specific area of this discipline and write a brief, but useful, annotation as to authority, focus, currency, audience and usefulness. This annotated bibliography may include important guides, encyclopedias, listservs, library databases, public Internet databases, subscription journals, open-access journals, trade journals and relevant blogs. As an introduction explain the criteria you used to choose and organize the information sources.

How to:

Use library guides, bibliographies, faculty recommendations, reference books, Internet review sources like Librarian's Internet Index, the Scout Project and USA.gov to determine the most important resources. Check with librarians for even more. You may want to open and collaborate online with a group using a social bookmarking utility or a wiki or a Google Docs account.

Support: Review in class some ways you evaluate a source. Supply examples of good annotated bibliographies. Offer a few starter recommendations. Alert the reference librarians to the assignment.

Use: If used as a group project, students may choose to use free collaborative websites like Google docs, a wiki or Del.icio.us to compile a common list and annotations while working alone. Each student should initial or tag his/her own contributions. This can become a useful resource for other students to be revised and extended annually by subsequent classes. Items may also be incorporated into related Wikipedia articles.

Objectives: Practice critical skills needed to evaluate resources relevant to the field. Learn the variety of formats in which information is disseminated. Practice evaluating information sources. Perform a service by creating useful guides for others.