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TY Literacy

Mount Sackville

Secondary School

T.Y. Library Skills Module

Transition Year Library Skills Module

Lesson 1.

How the library is arranged. Borrowing resources. Browsing. Enquiries. Shelfmarks. Reference Books. Indexes.
The Dewey Decimal Classification System: Hand out Dewey bookmarks. Explain the Dewey System. PowerPoint explaining Dewey. Questions.
The Library Catalogue Online: How to use the Library Catalogue: demonstrated on screen.

Introduction to the concept of subject searches using keywords.

Exercise: students try out catalogue on iPads. Questions.

Learning outcomes:

  • Be orientated in the library
  • Have an understanding of the Dewey system and how to find a book by its number
  • Be confident with using the Library Catalogue independently
  • Understand the concept of searching using keywords in the Library Catalogue, in indexes in books and in reference books.

Lesson 2.

Plagiarism and citing references:
How and when to cite references. Exercise sheet to fill in giving topics and references to fill in for website, book and magazine sources.
The Steps of Research: handout with research steps.
Learning outcomes:

  • Know the steps to follow when planning and carrying out a research project. Understand the concept of research questions.
  • Be able to cite references for book, website and article sources.
  • Know the difference between primary and secondary resources.
  • Understand what plagiarism is and how and why to avoid it.

Lesson 3.

Internet searching:

Search engines. Google video “How Search Works”. Google tips sheet. Narrowing down. Advanced search. Look at parts of the search result. Images.
“Savvy Searching” video. Discussion.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify relevant keywords and concepts
  • Identify the different parts of a search result
  • Know how to narrow down a search to make it more relevant
  • Use the tips given to carry out effective information retrieval using a search engine

Lesson 4.

Evaluating Websites:

Books vs. websites.

Who? What? When? PowerPoint showing hoax website, bias, website language, etc.

Propaganda and fake news.

Exercise: Use given keywords and retrieve and evaluate websites.

Email internet safety videos to all TYs.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How to evaluate a website
  • Learn what indicates a reliable trustworthy source

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