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Big Ideas:

  • Searching is an involved process that involves engaging multiple and diverse resources, refining increasingly complex questions, continuously analyzing and contextualizing results, and embracing discovery and serendipity
  • Search systems and languages can have biases and flaws and that should be examined and deconstructed

Possible Session Level Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to implement searches in a multipurpose database and on the web and understand the difference between web and database
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast library resources and select the appropriate resource for their need
  • Students will determine if retrieved information satisfied need and will refine search if necessary
  • Students will be able to construct a search strategy using Boolean and subject headings or database-specific thesaurus terms
  • Students will implement more advanced searching skills to respond to a discipline-based information need
  • Students will reflect on the search process in order to refine searches and persist in the face of challenges
  • Students will be able to break down their research question and apply search strategies using keywords
  • Students will develop a topic and a list of terms in order to search sources databases effectively, efficiently, with confidence
  • Students will use advanced search techniques to make Internet searching more efficient
  • Students will analyze biases in search algorithms in order to create a more effective, informed search strategy