Reading Online Scholarly Content Through Students’ Eyes
This virtual poster will take the form of a Captivate screencast (.swf files) examining the ways in which visual literacy skills inform students’ ability to identify scholarly online sources, particularly journal articles. As more and more content migrates to digital formats, and as projects such as Google Scholar open online scholarly content to students in new and potentially confusing ways, students can no longer rely on familiar print-based visual cues to determine whether sources are scholarly. Students may not know whether a given online source is an article, a conference proceeding, or another kind of document, and they may not know how to determine whether it has ever seen print.
This poster will take the form of a practical, modular tutorial demonstrating the evaluation of online scholarly content in ways that students can readily understand and use. It will show concrete examples and suggest practical strategies students can use to interpret the different visual cues of online formats. The screencast will be 3-5 minutes in length and will involve interactive and multimedia elements.
Grounded in the concepts of visual literacy, it will suggest an alternate approach to the ‘website evaluation checklist’ model.
Applied Human Sciences Librarian
Colorado State University
University of California at Berkeley
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