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Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information

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Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information

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Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think About Information

Edited by Troy A. Swanson and Heather Jagman

ISBN: 978-083898716-2 (softcover)

Published: 2015

Pages: 440

Price: $88 (print); $78 (ebook); $128 (print and ebook bundled)

Available from: the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, 50 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; alastore.ala.org

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It is amazing how many people, students and beyond, think of the internet as a magic box providing all the answers. "If it is on the internet, it must be true"--how often have we heard that? People rarely stop to think about the source of the information--just copy, cite, or use it, and move on. That is why this book is so necessary. It helps you to approach information literacy in a more comprehensive way.

The book is a compilation of 19 separate articles, nearly all written by college- or university-affiliated librarians. One editor is a university librarian, the other a librarian at a community college. The book is divided into two parts: The first explores how we conceptualize information, and the second focuses on teaching how to use it. Part One is split into two subsections, first looking at how librarians and faculty view information, and then at how students view it. …

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