The Retweet of Academia: Using Twitter to Improve Information Literacy Instruction
Carroll, Alexander J
Carroll, Alexander J and Robin Dasler. “The Retweet of Academia: Using Twitter to Improve Information Literacy Instruction.” University of Maryland Annual Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference, College Park, UMD, April 25, 2014.
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Previous educational literature contends that undergraduate students need more basic instruction on citation and plagiarism. Meanwhile, citation management systems such as EndNote Web, Zotero, and Mendeley are becoming increasingly robust and sophisticated. As a result, libraries have begun to create systematic support for integrating these software applications into their service offerings. The confluence of these two trends suggests an opportunity for libraries to shift the emphasis of their citation instruction. Rather than focusing on specific mechanics of citation styles, libraries can emphasize instruction on the topics of plagiarism and citation more broadly. Librarians should use this opportunity to develop new instructional models and pedagogical methods for delivering citation and plagiarism instruction that have relevance for students today. By using Twitter to depict citations and bibliographies as the “Retweet of Academia,” librarians can offer classic bibliographic instruction in an innovative and exciting way.