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USD Information Literacy Lessons: Page 26

The broad focus of these lessons is understanding sources of information, including examples that can help you learn how to access information sources at USD. Each lesson is dedicated to a specific element of information competency.

Criteria for Evaluation: Relevance

  • Is the information relevant to your research?
  • Does the information you find add to what you've already obtained from print resources? The Web information should be more than just a copied encyclopedia article (i.e. video and/or audio clips, useful links to other sites, interactive tutorials, streamed videos, etc.).

There are several reasons why you might choose using a web site over a print resource. One is convenience. You can access the web site 24/7, whereas the print resource is probably in a library that is not nearly as available.  Second, the site provides more than what the print resource can offer, as is the case with this Vonnegut site. Besides giving a lot of useful information on the writings of Kurt Vonnegut, you also receive quick access (via a link) to additional resources. You could also find these resources in print, but it would take additional searching and could be time consuming.  

kevin  Besides a very thorough overview of Mr. Vonnegut's educational background, you are provided with family information (which can sometimes be time consuming to locate), and honors he has received. All of this information can be found in print resources, but it requires looking in multiple sources, some of which may not be available in your library.

Other interests of Mr. Vonnegut could be more difficult to find, but they are provided here along with interviews, and the homepage for one of the more well-known characters he created. kevin 

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