Hip Hop Information Literacy Resources for Students, Faculty, and Lifelong Learners

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The Hip-Hop LibGuide is a scholarly comprehensive online resource for Hip Hop Information Literacy and the artform in general. The libguide has been developed to engage novice, intermediate, and skilled learners that are interested in learning more about the culture, social issues, and artistic components of Hip-Hop. Download the libguide; share the resource with scholars, faculty, students, and life-long learners. Visit the online blog monthly for updated information. Feel free to inquire about resources, information, and chat with a librarian.

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What is Hip Hop Information Literacy?

Hip Hop Information Literacy is comprised of a group of knowledge practices that are necessary for students in an academic setting to be cognizant of how to find, retrieve, evaluate, apply, and acknowledge information. The methodology is based on the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and uses its core concepts for literacy and research, implemented with flexible options by adhering to large ways of understanding or practicing within a discipline.

History of Hip Hop

Although widely considered a synonym for rap music, the term hip-hop refers to a complex culture comprising four elements: deejaying, or “turntabling”; rapping, also known as “MCing” or “rhyming”; graffiti painting, also known as “graf” or “writing”; and “B-boying,” which encompasses hip-hop dance, style, and attitude, along with the sort of virile body language that philosopher Cornel West described as “postural semantics.” Hip-hop originated in the predominantly African American economically depressed South Bronx section of New York City in the late 1970s. As the hip-hop movement began at society’s margins, its origins are shrouded in myth, enigma, and obfuscation.

Visual Literacy is a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media. Visual literacy skills equip a learner to understand and analyze the contextual, cultural, ethical, aesthetic, intellectual, and technical components involved in the production and use of visual materials. A visually literate individual is both a critical consumer of visual media and a competent contributor to a body of shared knowledge and culture.

Data Literacy a data literate person possesses the knowledge to gather, analyze, and graphically convey information and data to support decision making for quantitative and qualitative assessments and measurements (statistics).

Books: Download E-Books, Articles, Essays:

Archives: Hip Hop Digital Archives

Hip Hop Conference Archives

Hip Hop Online Free Courses

Hip Hop Documentaries

Basic Tips for Writing a Research Paper

Resources for How to Write Research Papers

Citation Styles for Research Papers

MLA: Modern Language Association

MLA style is the style recommended by the Modern Language Association for preparing scholarly manuscripts and student research papers. It concerns itself with the mechanics of writing, such as punctuation, quotation, and documentation of sources.

APA: American Psychological Association

APA style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. It provides invaluable guidance on all aspects of the writing process, from the ethics of authorship to the word choice that best reduces bias in language. Well-known for its authoritative and easy-to-use reference and citation system, the Publication Manual also offers guidance on choosing the headings, tables, figures, and tone that will result in strong, simple, and elegant scientific communication.

Reference Sources

Google Scholar |  JSTOR | Project Guttenberg | Urban Dictionary | Blackfacts.com | Internet Public Library

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