Assignment Helper: Reflection Blogging

The reflection blogging assignment encourages you to think and reflect on the research you are gathering related to the information behaviors of your community. Here are some helpful notes for the five reflective posts. Reminder: these posts are most certainly intended to be recycled and remixed for use in future 200 assignments. This is not “self-plagiarism.”

Blog Post #2: Describe the Information Community you are choosing to explore for the course and the research paper. Utilize Durrance and Fisher’s definition and characteristics of Information Communities to describe your choice to the class.

  • Be sure to cite Durrance & Fisher from our course materials as part of your description as well as other readings and resources featured in the lectures.
  • What connections do you see between your chosen community and the definition of information communities?
  • What other readings and resources featured in the lectures do you feel may be useful in exploring with this community?
  • Cite other course resources or your own research as needed.

Blog Post #3: Report on the information-seeking behavior and information needs of chosen community. Utilize theories covered in the lectures and assigned readings. Cite the research you’ve found so far concerning your chosen community.

  • Share some high level insights you’ve gleaned about your community and information behavior from researching in the LIS databases.
  • Highlight 2-3 articles that demonstrate how LIS researchers explore the community.
  • What methodologies are used to study the group?
  • How does the community use, find and create information? What theories of information behavior do you see in play?
  • Cite other course resources or your own research as needed.
  • Read over the student example for Blog Post #3 from the assignment synthesis as a model for framing your post.

Blog Post #4: Summarize one of the peer-reviewed articles relating to your information community you’ve found. Briefly describe the author’s credentials,  the scope of the study, the methodology, and findings of the piece. What insights will inform your literature review and research paper?

Choose a peer-reviewed article that focuses on your community’s information behaviors or practice. A “refereed” or “peer-reviewed” article has gone through an extensive editorial review process. The editors of refereed journals send submitted articles to one or more experts on the topic who evaluate the article’s scholarship and recommend whether it should be published or not. These so-called peer-reviewed articles are considered to be the most authoritative and scholarly because they have undergone this scrutiny.  If you need a refresher, Module 4 covered scholarly, peer-reviewed literature. Craft your post using the following template:

  • APA Citation
  • Summary of the article that includes author credentials, the scope of the study, the methodology used, and an overview of the findings. This might be one or two paragraphs.
  • Then, write a paragraph or two that explores how the article informs what you know about your chosen community. What connections do see to course readings?  What further insights has this article sparked? What might you include in your literature review or research paper to highlight this study?
  • References in APA format (as best as WP can do!)
  • Cite other course resources or your own research as needed.

Blog Post #5: Report on an ethical or legal issue pertaining to your information community. Use your research and the modules on ethical issues and intellectual freedom as resources to define and reflect on the issue.

  • What ethical issues does your community face when sharing, creating or accessing information?
  • How can libraries and information professionals meet these needs or deal with these issues?
  • Utilize your own research and the module resources (Garnar, etc) to share your thoughts on this topic.
  • Cite other course resources or your own research as needed.

Blog Post #6: Create a media-based artifact (infographic, video, audio, etc) from your research and explorations of your community’s use of emerging technologies. How do they use technology to advance the community or share information? Be as creative as you’d like!

Use these “How To” pages at the Community Site:

How do I add media to pages or blog posts?

How do I create a media-based artifact?

Be sure to cite your sources within the artifact or as part of your blog post.

Some popular tools students have used, as compiled by INFO 200 Adele Reid, include:

Also, checkout  this helpful site: