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The final step in information fluency is proper attribution. Citing the source of the information combines good scholarship and ethics. Knowing how to find the information that needs to be cited involves a different type of searching which we call investigative searching.
Once the author, publisher, document title and date have been found--as part of the evaluation--the rest is a fairly simple matter of plugging the information into an online citation formatter. For students, knowing how to cite the information in a research paper is important in order to avoid plagiarism. For educators, knowing what information and how much of it may be used for teaching has legal implications.
This Kit contains exercises that strengthen investigative abilities and the use of citations. Topics include:
Resources suited for stand-alone applications
When time permits only one activity, we recommend using any of the following with students, depending on the objective:
Timed Search Challenges
Resources suited for sequences
When time permits more than one activity, combine activities into sequences for more powerful effects.
The Internet Challenge Model I (Challenge - Tutorial - Challenge)
The Internet Challenge Model II (Challenge - Tutorial - Assessment)
A shorter option includes using one of the tutorials either preceded or followed by a timed Search Challenge
For information on creating larger units in which materials from this Kit are embedded, see Creating Units.