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Information literacy (the ability to understand a problem or question and use information to effectively answer it) is an important soft skill and predictor of professional success. Using the information source links to the right you will need to research the following problem/questions and present your findings in written report of no more than 5 pages (double-spaced, 12 point font, one inch margins with in-text citations and bibliography in APA format). 

      • What is the extent of California’s current drought?  How does it compare to other droughts historically?
      • What are the sources of water in California? How has the drought impacted them? 
      • Which groups use the most water, i.e. farmers, industries/businesses (which ones?), residents, other?  What percentage of total water is used by each group?
      •  What plans have been proposed by the governor  to address the drought? Are these plans legally binding? Are enforcement mechanisms adequate?
      • What can you conlclude about these plans? Will these plans solve the problem?




Please format this assignment as you do others required in the class:

  • Introduction including statement of the problem
  • The body in which you should answer the above questions and provide cited sources that explain the problem and its implications
  • Conclusion along with your evaluation of the problem and its potential resolution
  • Bibliographic References (APA format)


You must use citations (in text) and a bibliography (references) to document the information your report relies upon.

Additionally, you must include an information audit form (see box to right to download) with your completed paper. Follow the directions on the form (simply copy and paste your bibliographic entries and provide information on that they are, where you found them and what search terms you used) and staple to your completed paper.



Your paper will be evaluated and graded based  upon the following:

  1. Research (clear articulation of the topic/problem; places you searched and terms used)
  2. Sources used (types of information and their appropriateness/credibility)
  3. Appropriate use of information (understanding of bias, prejudice, context of information consulted; information organized in a coherent way that provides an answer to the topic/problem)
  4. Presentation of information (format, spelling, grammar)
  5. Ethical use of information (citations and references; understanding the difference between common knowledge and information for which a citation is needed)

Each of the above sections is worth 5 points on a scale of 1-5; A grade of 1 for a section is poor, 2 is below average, 3 is good, 4 is very good, 5 excellent.

Papers that score less than 10 points total/overall by adding up each of the individual sections' points are below average/poor work (below C); 15-18 are good/average (C to B-); 19-22 are very good/above average (B to B+); 23-25 are excellent (A- to A).


Use the links below to research your topic. Your research should be limited to these resources. You must decide how many resources and which databases are best for understanding the problem.


Information Audit

The information audit form must be included with your paper! Please fill it out and staple to the end of your completed report.


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