Searching as Strategic Exploration

Using Discovery to Facilitate Source Awareness and Evaluation

Discovery tools are great at revealing the variety of sources available to researchers. This one-shot lesson plan makes use of discovery platform facets and features to show students the range of content available. Students will also explore and evaluate how the available information sources differ from each other. The lesson may be more appropriate for upper-level students who have database experience and a basic understanding of what research looks like within their disciplines.
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Search Strategies

The Search Strategies lesson is mapped to the Searching as Strategic Exploration Frame and introduces the concept of strategic searching in order to use search tools more effectively. By understanding strategic searching techniques, students will be able to not only compose an initial search query, but will be able to refine and revise their search in order to locate relevant sources. In this lesson students will learn how to:Identify keywords and search termsStrategically combine search terms using Boolean operators and punctuationEvaluate search results to apply useful search refinements

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Multidisciplinary
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Ask the Right Questions

The Ask the Right Questions lesson is mapped to the Research as Inquiry and Searching as Strategic Exploration Frames and helps students learn how to determine the scope of their investigations by creating an appropriate research question. This lesson introduces the first step in a research process and criteria used to refine a topic into an appropriate research question. To accomplish this, the lesson will:Define a research question and the difference between a topic and a research questionIntroduce the 5W criteria for refining an investigationDiscuss how questions are too broad, too narrow, or just right within a given context/investigation

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Multidisciplinary
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Rhetorical Reinventions: Rethinking Research Processes and Information Practices to Deepen our Pedagogy

This resource includes files and links for the conference paper and slides of the presentation Rhetorical Reinventions: Rethinking Research Processes and Information Practices to Deepen our Pedagogy, presented at LOEX 2016 by Donna Witek, Mary J. Snyder Broussard, and Joel M. Burkholder. Both the slides and the paper include a detailed bibliography of related resources.Presentation/Paper Abstract:The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy offers instruction librarians an opportunity to reconsider not only how they teach but also how they think about research and information. This new thinking has the potential to reinvent instructional practices, resulting in learning that is both situated and transferable. The discipline of rhetoric can inform this effort.This presentation will consider three traditional “steps” of the research process: question formulation, information search, and source evaluation. Traditional approaches over-simplify each activity: broaden the question by including related elements or narrow it by concentrating on a specific time/area/population; follow these steps to find the “correct” number and types of sources; and evaluate information based on the presence of external characteristics.Yet when information literacy is approached rhetorically, librarians can partner with classroom faculty to teach much more meaningful and transferable information literacy knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Librarians can then guide students in the complex processes of navigating the expectations of disciplinary audiences and developing a critical self-awareness of themselves as scholarly contributors; engaging with search tools, strategies, and processes in ways that are flexible, iterative, and exploratory by design; and comprehending more fully their information sources for deeper evaluation that better meets their own rhetorical goals. In an interactive presentation, the presenters will explore how rhetoric and composition theories have the potential—with creative and strategic thinking—to work in synergy with the Framework, make information literacy more authentic and meaningful, and develop true lifelong learners.

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Online Interactive Information Literacy Modules

Covering necessary information literacy topics in a traditional "one shot" session can be difficult. To address this challenge, a suite of interactive online modules were developed to provide active learning lessons on various information literacy topics. The modules can be used in fully online, flipped or face-to-face courses and can be integrated into a learning management system (LMS) so student knowledge and progress can be tracked and assessed. Developed using Articulate Storyline, the sources files are available as open source downloads under a GNU General Public License (GPLv3) from the Marquette University Libraries GitHub site. Please feel free to download and continue to enhance and improve these modules.
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Multidisciplinary
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Searching Strategy

Discovery of resources related to a topic, or the beginning stages of determining a research question. Students can use this organizer to answer critical questions about searching for resources as well as share with peers in this process, seeking input in critical/essential questions, search terms,  or authors.Possible Learning Outcomes (Authority is Constructed and Contextual):Define different types of authority through research/literature review, based on societal position, subject expertise, or special experienceUse research tools and indicators of authority to determine the credibility of sources.

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Not Discipline Specific
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Information has Value and Why This Matters

Designed for an upper-division petroleum engineering seminar, this lesson attempts to use the frame "Information has value" to illuminate the process of discovering and retrieving scholarly information.  The lesson was more successful when delivered to early-stage graduate students in the petroleum engineering department.

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Engineering

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Getting started creating an individual assessment plan related to the Framework

This resource can be used individually or as a workshop to help librarians begin to create an assessment plan for their information literacy sessions related to the Framework. 
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Interdisciplinary
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Finding Local Government Information

Students in a political science course had to identify a local issue and find information to determine how the problem could be resolved. They were asked to identify local groups to work with, find federal, state, and local laws related to the issue, and use the information to develop their plan of action to resolve the problem. 

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Political Science
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