ICP 2:
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In this assignment, students will  interview their selected IT professionals (client) and have an in-depth discussion about the client’s job AND his/her information need on a topic related to his/her job and then write a  2-page “Interview Summary”paper (double-spaced) about their interview with the IT client.  Note: The interview is to focus on the IT client’s job and a specific “information need” he/she has related to the job – not a personal discussion about the client’s family, education, hobbies, interests, etc. Once the information need has been identified and discussed, you (the student consultant) will research and locate information sources to support the client’s information need by preparing an Annotated Bibliography to submit to the client (and your instructor) for their review and feedback in IC Project Assignment 3.  The interview with the IT professional (client) is recommended to take place  in-person as a “professional” meeting at the IT Professional’s site. If this is not possible, the interview may take place informally with the IT professional (client) through a phone call, email, or synchronous meeting (e.g., Skype, Google Hangout, Zoom, etc.); however, texting the client is not an acceptable form of communication for the interview.The interview with the IT professional (client) should include a discussion of the following topics and be included in the Interview Summary paper: ( each bullet should be a separate paragraph )
· Identify/explain how the interview took place (in-person, telephone, conferencing?) and for what length of time (e.g., 15 mins., 30 mins., 1 hour?)  
· IT professional’s (client) name and organization where he/she works 
· IT professional’s (client) job position/title in the organization 
· Background information about the organization (what is the organization’s primary business, service, or function?) 
· Background information about the IT professional’s job including:
· Department where he/she works in the organization and its primary strategic goal/mission in the organization.
· Client’s job description, job responsibilities, how the position relates to “IT” (information technology), and whom he/she services or supports in the organization and in what capacity. 
· Background information about the client’s topic and information need (what is the client looking to understand, learn about, or otherwise become familiar with a topic relevant to his/her work role? How will these information sources be used?). Did you refine the IT client’s information need (or change to a different information need) since the IC Project Proposal in order to identify a more feasible topic that would produce relevant information sources when conducting searches? (explain)
ICP 3:
The Annotated Bibliography is to be 5-7 pages  in length following APA guidelines and include at least 10 electronic information sources
Assignment Requirements
Based on the interview with the IT professional (client) to discuss his/her information need related to the job, the (student) Consultant will  search, locate, and evaluate at least  10 reputable and relevant electronic information sources that are  varied (e.g., websites, journal articles, news stories, etc.) using search engines and databases. At least  TWO of the  10 sources must be obtained using the  Rutgers University Libraries databases (see below for a list of “Rutgers University Libraries Research Resources” for the IC Project).  Important! Follow these guidelines:
· Search and locate at least  10 reputable, and relevant sources (that meet the 7 evaluation criteria: accuracy, currency, authority/credibility, quality, objectivity, coverage, relevance –  more on this below) that are  varied (e.g., websites, journal articles, news stories, database articles, etc.). The sources may not be from one predominant publication or author. 
· Use search techniques you’ve learned thus far (Boolean operators, keywords, phrasing with quotes, parentheses, and/or ordering) to search and locate your 10 information sources using search engines and academic library databases.
· Including at least  two sources from Rutgers Libraries databases (see list of library databases below; Google Scholar should not be used as one of the two library databases, but may be used as another type of information source). 
· All information sources (from search engines AND library academic databases) must be obtained from  “full-text articles” (not just article “abstracts”) so you can properly evaluate them.
· All information sources must be  electronic sources (i.e., not print-based or point to “books” found on the web unless the entire  e-book is available online for your IT client’s review). 
· Include only those information sources that you  RECOMMEND for your IT client’s information need (do not include sources that you have evaluated and have found to be lacking based on the evaluation criteria – see below).
· Citations and annotations are to follow  APA style/format (6th edition). Provide  URLs for all openly available online sources and  names/titles of databases.  When using Rutgers Libraries databases, include the  name/title of the database at the  end of the citation (Retrieved from XXX database) – do not include the URL for the purposes of this assignment. See below (Citing Sources in an Annotated Bibliography using APA Guidelines) for assistance in proper style and formatting for APA citations.
Please read the instructions below carefully, which will help you succeed in completing this assignment.
Rutgers University Libraries Research Resources
In addition to using search engines (e.g., Google, Google Scholar, Yahoo, Bing, etc.), the following resources are academic databases/indexes, search tools, and IT-related resources through Rutgers University Libraries that can assist you in doing research to complete ICP Assignment 3 (i.e., searching, locating, evaluating information sources for an information need, and then preparing an Annotated Bibliography):
Specific Academic Databases: ( *** use at least TWO databases below to find at least TWO information sources*** )  
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· (Association for Computing Machinery)
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· (Engineering Village)
· (LISA/ProQuest)
· (H.W. Wilson)
· (LISTA)
 Aggregated IT-Related Resources:
· (Aggregator that searches multiple databases at once when you enter search criteria)
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·  (for assistance in all aspects of research related to ITI)
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Note: Go to:  to view a list of all Rutgers Libraries Indexes and Databases listed alphabetically. These databases are restricted resources for Rutgers students, faculty, and staff only (free-of-charge). Please be aware that if students want to access these restricted resources off-campus, they must   using their  Rutgers NetID and Password. 

After evaluating each electronic information source, students will make a determination as to whether the source is to be recommended to the IT Professional (based on the evaluation criteria) and included as one of the 10 sources in the Annotated Bibliography. See APA Resources below.  Only those information sources that you recommend should be included in your Annotated Bibliography.
Writing an APA-Style Annotated Bibliography of Evaluating Electronic Information SourcesAfter evaluating and selecting the  10 electronic information sources from  “full-text” articles that you are  recommending to the IT Professional, students will prepare/write an  Annotated Bibliography (called a “Reference List”) in a  Word document that is  5-7 pages in length, following  APA style and guidelines (6th edition) in alphabetical order by author’s last name and include the following:
· Introduction – At the beginning of the Annotated Bibliography, include: (paragraphs; double-spaced)
· Your IT client’s name, position, and company or organization. 
· Brief description of your IT client’s information need.
· Brief description of the  search strategies (search techniques and queries), search engines, and subscription databases (Rutgers Libraries) you used to research and formulate your Annotated Bibliography, and a statement as to whether you succeeded in locating the required 10 relevant and reputable information sources for the IT professional’s (client) information need pertaining to the job. 
· EACH annotation entry is to include the following: (single-spaced with APA citation format; skip a line between the citation and summary and evaluation of each source – see  SAMPLE ANNOTATION ENTRY below)
· Source citation (as the heading of the annotation) following the appropriate APA format for different types of sources (e.g., journal article from a subscription/library database, news article from a website, online periodical from a website, etc.).   Indent the second line of the citation (as needed). Provide  URLs for all openly available online sources and the  name of the database for academic databases that you used (after the “Retrieved from” at the end of the citation). 
· Descriptive Annotation about the information source:  (in paragraph form)
· Summary of the article and author ( one paragraph)
· Who wrote the article (person or organization/site) 
· Summary of the article content 
· Purpose of the article
· Your evaluation of the source  (include the 7 criteria; one paragraph)(Please ” bold” each evaluation criterion as you discuss in the paragraph – see sample below. Example: “The article is of high  quality because a bibliography of sources is provided at the end.” This will help you make the connection between each evaluation criterion and your explanation/rationale.)
· Accuracy(Provide the rationale in your evaluation: is the information accurate? are there any mistakes or contradictions in the content?) 
· Currency(Provide the rationale in your evaluation: is the information timely and current especially important for technology topics? does the site or article include the date it was published and/or a date as to when it was updated/revised?) 
· Authority/credibility(Provide the rationale in your evaluation: what are the author’s/editor’s credentials or background and/or the organization’s/site’s purpose? Is the author or organization/site a recognized, reputable, and reliable authority in the field? Is the URL extension .edu (education), .org (non-profit), .gov (government), or is it a .com or .net (business)? 
· Quality(Provide the rationale in your evaluation: are the sources of the article documented in footnotes or in-text citations and/or include a bibliography at the end? is the information based on evidence or research? Are there links to more information and do the links work?) 
· Objectivity(Provide the rationale in your evaluation: does the author or organization’s site or article give a balanced viewpoint and/or with multiple perspectives or is it biased based on personal opinion)? 
· Coverage(Provide the rationale in your evaluation: is the information on the site or article comprehensive enough (or contain key information) for the information need? Does the site or article cover too much or too little generally? Is important information missing?) 
· Relevance to the IT Professional’s topic or information need(Provide the rationale in your evaluation: how is the information source directly relevant, important, or useful to the IT client’s topic and information need?) 
Note: If you do not recommend the information source for the IT client’s information need as a result of your evaluation, then  find a different information source. All information sources in your Annotated Bibliography are those that you recommend and have “passed” your evaluation.
TIP! Each “Annotated Bibliography” entry should look similar to the sample below – please  “bold” each of the 7 evaluation criteria as shown in the example:
ICP 4:
IC Project Reflection (double-spaced; paragraphs) – students will reflect on their IC Project experience and respond to the following questions:
· What was your overall experience in undertaking the Information Consultant Project? Was it a positive/meaningful learning experience? Please explain.
· What value did you find in partnering with an IT professional in the field, which provided a real-world “experiential” experience (learning through experience)? Were there benefits of going out of the “classroom” in this project? Please explain.
· What did you learn about the role of an “information consultant” and the role of a “client” in the IC Project? Were there any unexpected challenges? If so, how did you deal with any challenges? Please explain and give examples. 
· What did you learn about searching, retrieving, and evaluating information sources using search engines and databases? Also, what did you learn about preparing an Annotated Bibliography and writing a Final Report for the client to review? Do you feel you have gained knowledge and developed practical information skills that you didn’t have previously? Please explain and give examples.

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