“Green Means Go Ahead and Cite That”: A Citation Activity for Undergraduate Engineering Students

Submitted by Samuel Putnam on October 15th, 2020
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Short Description: 

This assessment asks undergraduate engineering students to review, rate, and explain their decisions relating to the credibility of information resources and information containers. Students are asked to review various resources as well as containers. After reviewing, students assign each resource or container with one of three ratings: green (always credible), yellow (potentially credible with further investigation), or red (never credible). Last, students explain their decision in relation to each resource or container. Ideally this task is given twice during a semester, before and after information literacy instruction.

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Learning Outcomes: 

Students will be able to explain their decision-making process as it relates to citations.

Students will be able to analyze different resources and containers to make better informed decisions.

Students learn to distinguish between various information containers in virtual environments.


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Course Context (e.g. how it was implemented or integrated): 

This assessment was integrated into a Professional Communication for Engineers course at the beginning and end of the semester. During the semester, students participated in several asynchronous information literacy instruction sessions.

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Suggested Citation: 
Putnam, Samuel. "“Green Means Go Ahead and Cite That”: A Citation Activity for Undergraduate Engineering Students." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2020.