The idea of article “Analysis of the Group Differences of Information Literacy among Local College Students” is a scientific article from a peer-reviewed periodical. The idea of the article lies in the fact that children tend to have different information literacy levels and that education should be focused on these differences and take them into account (Chi et al.). The article “Information Literacy” is taken from a University Library site. It explains what information literacy is and provides information on the criteria for assessment of information literacy in higher education is made (Information literacy). The article “5 Ways to Improve Global Literacy” is taken from a newspaper. It features the meeting of literacy experts and advocates in Oxford; the meeting aims to promote global information literacy worldwide. The article provides five major pieces of advice that were given at the conference to improve one’s literacy (Edwards).
The purpose of the first article is to foster knowledge among researchers as to the methods of information literacy improvement. The second article aims to explain the notion of information literacy to students and to show them how this particular skill is assessed at the university level. The third article aims to advise readers on how they can improve their information literacy.
The target audience of the first article is researchers in the literacy field and specialists involved in teaching this aspect. The article uses a formal way of presenting information to convey its ideas to the audience. The second article is meant for students; in terms of presentation, the article is divided into several blocks to make it easier for students to find the information they need. The third article is meant for general readers; it is presented in a way to attract attention with a huge title and colorful picture at the top.
In terms of authority, the first article is the most credible as it is peer-reviewed and presents a case study of information literacy assessment among students. The second article, though less credible, is still a worthy source of information as it presents a synthesis of the existing rules of information literacy evaluation within university walls. The third article is the least credible since there is no guarantee that the journalist who wrote it covered the event and its implications objectively.
The articles are all time as it is never late to improve one’s information literacy skill.
However, in terms of priority, the third article is the most time as it is written right in the aftermath of the conference held and provides some advice on how the insights from the conference can be employed in real life. Article one is less time as some time has passed before the results of the study were analyzed and published for general publication. The second article is the last time as it provides general standards applied in the university sphere at all times.
In terms of relevance, the second article is the most relevant as it features universally approved standards of assessing information literacy within university walls. The first article is also relevant as it provides insights from a case study that was carried out according to the standards adopted by researchers all over the world. The third article is least relevant since the coverage of the event and its insights may be subjective.
The difficulties I faced while conducting my research were, first of all, the absence of versatile sources that cover the topic, and, secondly, a too narrow focus on information literacy and not literacy as a whole. To overcome the obstacles, I tried to broaden my research by excluding the word ‘information’ from my keywords and focusing on literacy instead. When finding articles dealing with literacy, I looked through them to see if the specification of information literacy was covered.
As a result of my research, I learned that different sources cover the same topic in different ways depending on the aims and audience of the edition where the article is published.
Chi, Qingyun, Xiuying Jiang, and Yan Lv. “Analysis on the Group Differences of Information Literacy among Local College Students.” 2021 4th International Conference on Information Systems and Computer Aided Education. 2021. Web.
“Information Literacy”. Addis Abbaba University Libraries. Web.
Edwards, Sophie. “5 Ways to Improve Global Literacy”. 2018. Devex. Web.