Ercegovac has created a methodical and extremely detailed guide to information literacy. Part of the Professional Growth series, this book is designed for use by media specialists in class instruction and includes a number of teacher tools such as scoring rubrics and sample policy forms. It also is designed as a textbook for students. Ercegovac's language speaks directly to the students, "Suppose this book in your hands has the following information" and includes practice exercises. The format of the book consists of nine broad chapters that provide a thorough overview of search strategies, explain the use of subject-specific resources, and demonstrate citation and summary. The book "considers the five components of learning:content understanding, problem solving, metacognition, collaboration, and communication." Excellent visuals can be found throughout. In choosing a representative example of periodical databases when discussing resources, Ercegovac focuses specifically on ProQuest. Her choice of a style manual is A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations by Kate Turabian (University of Chicago Press, 1966). These choices offer adequate examples, although they might not meet the needs of students and instructors in schools where other databases and manuals are used. In attempting to cover every aspect of her subject, Ercegovac provides a wealth of information. In a format that addresses the needs of both media specialists and students, this book can be used by both groups, but it is not directed exclusively toward either one. Index. Illus. Charts. Biblio. Source Notes. Appendix. 2001, Linworth, 192p, $39.95 pb. Ages 14 to Adult. Reviewer:ChristineSandersonVOYA, December 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 5)
A handbook that gives multiple research strategies for using print and electronic reference tools. The objectives of the book are to provide students with the skills to plan their research, organize their preparation for searching, find a variety of resources on their selected topic and think critically about them, and cite the works used in their own writings. A matrix in the preface indicates scope of the chapter, appendixes related to those chapters, and "Think Guides" related to chapter content. Topics range from basic research skills to searching and evaluating Internet sources. More than 100 Web sources are cited throughout the book. One chapter is devoted to "Citing in Style and Summarizing." Basic reference sources are not ignored. A matrix exercise on the "Best Source" for biographical information is an excellent method for teaching this skill. Dictionaries and other "fact" books are also included. The appendixes include an Acceptable Use Agreement, a pre- and post-test of Information Literacy Skills, and examples for collaborative projects. The annotated bibliography relates to an array of information-literacy issues. This survey of various models should be especially useful in establishing a program for a district or an individual school.- Mary Lankford, Texas Education Agency, Austin Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
This information literacy program for college-bound high school students presents strategies and skills for conducting research on a particular topic. As students progress through the book, they are guided in the development of skills such as finding search words, fact finding, the use of reference books, searching and evaluating Internet sources, and finding magazine and newspaper articles. Examples of proper citation methods are found in the appendices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)