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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.
Possible Learning Objectives
Students will be able to:
Ideas to Incorporate into Classroom
- Roundtable paired with concept mapping
- 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.
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.