Jigsaw to learn facets; regroup to find resources meeting different facet-based criteria on different topics (compiled in Google docs)
Brainstorm possible search terms in pairs
Create a search strategy log using article database. Start a search with the knowledge you have. Identify 1 relevant article. Locate new keywords and authors from citation abstract, subject terms. Revise search and rerun search. Continue.
Pass out different types of information sources and have students work in pairs to identify types and sources. Have students introduce the source they analyzed.
Develop a concept map of topic, keywords, synonyms.
Ask students to choose a topic, develop key terms to search with, and use two different databases to locate information on their topic. Have them compare the results in terms of quantity, types of sources, order/sequence of results, and relevance.
Assign students to identify and use subject headings after conducting a keyword search; after which they write a paragraph or have a class discussion on the differences between subject and keyword searching.
Searching as Strategic Exploration
Information searching is often nonlinear and iterative.
A combination of inquiry, discovery, and serendipity is required.
Searching requires evaluating of a broad range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding is developed.
The Framework content on this page and in this guiede was originally created by PALNI - the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana. Adapted with permission.