For this assignment you need to read the NYTimes article "Cracking open the scientific access" by Thomas Lin (available from Blackboard, Readings folder), and also watch a VERY short movie clip about open access at the University at Albany, in which our own University at Albany faculty members present their own vision of open access and what it means to the academic community.

Write a one-two paragraph about your own understanding of open access. You can use questions below as a starting point or simply address them one by one.

1. Did any of the articles that you found for this class happen to be in open access? How can (or cannot) you tell?

2. Would open access affect science literacy one way or the other, i.e. would it help more people to gain understanding of scientific information, or is the idea of open access just for scientists to pay attention to?

3. Remember that scientific research is often proprietary, and not every success in the lab is shared with the world. There are patents involved, and other issues that might complicate sharing. Is this the world you prefer to function as a young scientist, or can you envision a different model? (It's OK to want to file for a patent!)

Your answers should be written in complete sentences (seven-eight at least) and present a good example of college writing. This assignment can gain you maximum 40 points.

In Class 4 we discussed Internet research. This tutorial from the National Library of Medicine Evaluating Internet Health Information that can be reached from this URL should help you to reiterate the major points discussed in class. View this tutorial (it's 16 minutes long) and answer the following questions:

1. List at least two benefits of using web sources when searching for health information.
2. List at least two potential risks, when trusting Internet health resources.
3. Why is it important to evaluate web resources in general and especially in regard to health information?

Your answers should be written in complete sentences, not just two-three words. You can write them as short paragraphs, 2-4 complex sentences each.

For this homework assignment you need to do the following:

1. Write 4-5 keywords that you might find useful in research on the topic chosen by your team.
2. Plan a strategy for narrowing down your topic. You can write a short paragraph or 3-4 questions that might help you to do so.
3. Write a preliminary thesis statement to be discussed with your team in class.

You should post it as a comment to this blog entry. You will not see your post but I will get back to you via e-mail with my comments.

Use the handout given to you in class for useful tips on narrowing down the topic and writing a strong thesis statement. Also read Taking Charge (Chapter 1 of Research Strategies) - it has a good model for research and explains well the role of the thesis statement.

This assignment is worth 20 points if completed on time.

Welcome to UNL 206x in Spring 8W2 section!

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Hello class,

I'm happy to welcome you to my course, Information Literacy in the Sciences UNL 206. I'm looking forward to working with you.