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Digital Detectives

Book Description

Digital Detectives: Solving Information Dilemmas in an Online World helps students become independent and confident digital detectives, giving them the tools and tactics they need to critically scrutinize web-based digital information to ascertain its authenticity, veracity, and authority, and to use the information in a discerning way to successfully complete academic tasks. Enabling students to select and use information appropriately empowers them to function at a higher level of digital information fluency, acting as discerning consumers of, and effective contributors to, web-based information.

  • Offers a situated, problem-solving approach to deepen students’ analytical and research skills
  • Explores a practical, real-life dilemma that is typically experienced by undergraduates in the course of their academic work, especially those transitioning from secondary to third-level education
  • Focuses on the authentic educational needs of undergraduates as expressed by educators, but also students themselves
  • Addresses a specific central dilemma which is identified at the outset, but also uses the opportunity to reveal to students the broader contextual issues which frame the problem they are exploring

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Series Pages
  5. Copyright
  6. Dedication
  7. List of Figures
  8. List of Tables
  9. About the Authors
  10. Foreword
  11. Acknowledgements
  12. Chapter 1. The Digital Landscape, Scholarship, and You
    1. 1.1. The Changing World of Education
    2. 1.2. Digital Technologies and Resources in University Learning
    3. 1.3. What Can I Learn from This Text?
    4. 1.4. Learning By Chapter
    5. 1.5. Chapter Challenges
    6. 1.6. Let’s Begin Our Work Together…
  13. Chapter 2. Your Learning in a Digital World
    1. 2.1. What Is Digital Literacy?
    2. 2.2. Learning at University: Where Do I Start?
    3. 2.3. How People Learn in Digital and Blended Spaces
    4. 2.4. How Can a Digital Context Enhance My Learning?
    5. 2.5. Being a Reflective Detective: Managing Your Own Learning
    6. 2.6. Challenges
  14. Chapter 3. Aladdin’s Cave
    1. 3.1. The Dilemma: “I Can Just Google This, Can’t I?”
    2. 3.2. Can I Just Google It?
    3. 3.3. But First: Indexes!
    4. 3.4. How Search Engines Find Information for You
    5. 3.5. How Does Google Decide the Order of the Search Results List?
    6. 3.6. PageRank: Google’s Ranking System
    7. 3.7. What Is a Filter Bubble? The Personalization of Search Results
    8. 3.8. Web and App Activity
    9. 3.9. Internet Protocol Address
    10. 3.10. How Do I Become Google-wise?
    11. 3.11. Extra Tip: Refine Your Search on the Results Page
    12. 3.12. Google with Care
    13. 3.13. Other Search Engines
    14. 3.14. Challenges
  15. Chapter 4. Wiki or Won’t I?
    1. 4.1. The Dilemma: ‘I Can Use Wikipedia for College Assignments, Can’t I?’
    2. 4.2. What Is Collaborative Authoring?
    3. 4.3. The Anatomy of a Wikipedia Page
    4. 4.4. How Does Wikipedia Work?
    5. 4.5. Who Is Behind the Articles on Wikipedia?
    6. 4.6. How Do I Know If the Information Is Accurate?
    7. 4.7. But Wikipedia Provided Great References. Can’t I Use Them?
    8. 4.8. How Can I Use Wikipedia for Academic Assignments without Getting Penalized?
    9. 4.9. Could I Contribute to Wikipedia Articles?
    10. 4.10. Setting up and Using a Wikipedia Account
    11. 4.11. Further Information
    12. 4.12. Challenges
  16. Chapter 5. Judgement Day
    1. 5.1. The Dilemma: ‘When I Find Information on the Web, How Can I Tell if It’s Okay to Use It for College Assignments?’
    2. 5.2. How Do You Select Digital Resources to Use in Your Coursework?
    3. 5.3. Why Evaluate Digital Sources?
    4. 5.4. What Is Different about Information on the Web?
    5. 5.5. Models for Evaluating Digital Resources
    6. 5.6. Clues for Evaluating Digital Resources
    7. 5.7. Evaluating Different Media Formats
    8. 5.8. Challenges
  17. Chapter 6. Finders Keepers
    1. 6.1. The Dilemma: “No Password? No Problem! If I Can Download It, I Can Use It and Share It, Right?”
    2. 6.2. Who Owns Digital Information?
    3. 6.3. How Do People Protect Their Digital Creations?
    4. 6.4. How Do I Ethically Use This Information in My Work?
    5. 6.5. Where Can I Find Information That I Can Use Freely?
    6. 6.6. How Do I Attribute a source to Its Creator?
    7. 6.7. Referencing Traditional Scholarly Items in Digital Formats
    8. 6.8. In-Text References
    9. 6.9. A Word About DOIs in Referencing
    10. 6.10. References to e-Books
    11. 6.11. References to Articles
    12. 6.12. References to Social Media
    13. 6.13. Referencing Other Digital Information Sources
    14. 6.14. Bibliographic Management Systems
  18. Chapter 7. In Too Deep
    1. 7.1. The Dilemma: “I Can Hardly Find the Full Text of Anything from My Class Reading Lists on the Web. Why Is This?”
    2. 7.2. Reading Lists
    3. 7.3. Scholarly versus Popular Information
    4. 7.4. Traditional Publishing versus Web Publishing
    5. 7.5. Traditional Publication Process for Academic Books
    6. 7.6. Traditional Publication Process for Journal Articles
    7. 7.7. Publishing on the Web
    8. 7.8. Open Access Publishing
    9. 7.9. Challenges
  19. Chapter 8. It’s Only Words…
    1. 8.1. The Dilemma: Searching Is Searching, Whether You’re on the Web or Using One of the Library Databases, Right?
    2. 8.2. Quick Reflection: Thinking About Research Strategies
    3. 8.3. Different Tasks Require Different Approaches
    4. 8.4. How We Search: Information Searching (Querying) versus Browsing
    5. 8.5. Subject Searching
    6. 8.6. Databases
    7. 8.7. Database versus Web
    8. 8.8. Choosing a Database
    9. 8.9. Web-Scale Discovery Services
    10. 8.10. Creating Your Go-to Database List
    11. 8.11. Building and Refining a Search Strategy
    12. 8.12. Advanced Search Functions
    13. 8.13. Other Database Options
    14. 8.14. Key Databases for Subject Disciplines
    15. 8.15. Challenges
  20. Chapter 9. All Play and No Work
    1. 9.1. The Dilemma: ‘Social Networking Sites Are Just for Fun and Friends. I Can’t Use Sites for College Work, Can I?’
    2. 9.2. What Do We Mean by Social Media?
    3. 9.3. Social Media for Leisure and Learning
    4. 9.4. Using Social Media Tools and Apps to Support My Learning
    5. 9.5. Social Media Apps to Facilitate Information Finding
    6. 9.6. Best Foot Forward: Managing Your Digital Persona
    7. 9.7. Challenges
  21. Chapter 10. Truth or Dare
    1. 10.1. The Dilemma: ‘Misinformation, Scams and Hoaxes on the Internet Are Easy to Spot. I Won’t Be Caught Out, Will I?’
    2. 10.2. The Wild, Wild Web
    3. 10.3. Reflection: How Safe Do You Feel?
    4. 10.4. Online Identity Risk Calculator
    5. 10.5. A Digital Detective’s Guide to Cybercrime
    6. 10.6. Spotlight on Specific Scams
    7. 10.7. Spotting a Scam
    8. 10.8. General Strategies for Outwitting Cybercriminals
    9. 10.9. Managing Your Passwords
    10. 10.10. Challenges
  22. Chapter 11. A Hidden Agenda
    1. 11.1. The Dilemma: “People Can See Only What I Want Them to See on the Web. I Control the Image That I Project, Don’t I?”
    2. 11.2. The Power of an Online Presence
    3. 11.3. Why Does Online Reputation Management Matter?
    4. 11.4. What Is a Digital Footprint?
    5. 11.5. How Are Data about You Collected Online?
    6. 11.6. Who Wants Digital Data about You?
    7. 11.7. How Do I Appear on the Internet?
    8. 11.8. Protecting Your Privacy: Controlling Your Online Reputation
    9. 11.9. The Right to Be Forgotten
    10. 11.10. Challenges
  23. Chapter 12. Fact or Fiction? Negotiating New Learning Spaces
    1. 12.1. The Dilemma: ‘Real Learning Has to Take Place in a Classroom, Right?’
    2. 12.2. Making the Transition to the Virtual Classroom
    3. 12.3. Formal Online Learning Spaces
    4. 12.4. Preparing for Successful Learning Online
    5. 12.5. Excelling in the Virtual Classroom
    6. 12.6. Collaborative or User-Generated Content and Learning in the Digital World
    7. 12.7. Managing My Personal Technology and Information to Utilize Online Learning Environments
    8. 12.8. Positive Learning Outcomes via Essential e-Learning Resources
    9. 12.9. How Will e-Skills Help Me after University?
    10. 12.10. Challenges
  24. References
  25. Index