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Original Data

teenA student information scientist must develop skills in gathering original data to address information needs. The scientist might ask him or herself the following questions:

Becoming proficient at gathering original data is associated with the following Information Literacy Standards (AASL, 1998):

The following example demonstrates how a student matures as he or she gains experience and expertise.

Nuclear Energy and Weapons

nuclear bombInexperienced information scientists may not realize the need for a systematic approach to gathering original data.

For instance, a novice researcher might develop a survey on the issues of nuclear energy and weapons based on a brainstorm of ideas listing questions as they come.

An expert information scientist would begin by identifying all the options and personal bias involved in the project before jumping into the design of a questionnaire.

Explore Sabrina's investigation for more detail.

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