Searching as Strategic Exploration

Learning activity to guide students in Political Science 101 through locating scholarly sources for an annotated bibliography.
Contributor: Chelsea Nesvig
Resource Type(s): Learning Object
Information Literacy Frame(s) Addressed: Searching as Strategic Exploration
Tags: PPIRS
Discipline(s): Political Science
Scope: Course-level
License Assigned: CC Attribution License CC-BY
The goal of this in-class activity is to help students relate database searching to something they already have familiarity with. This is interdisciplinary and could be adapted for any subject or database. Students will explore a timely topic on Twitter using a hashtag and note bias, tone, authority, and related hashtags before conducting a similar search on a library database or discovery tool. Students and instructors then discuss similarities and differences between both searches and their results. 
Contributor: Bria Sinnott
Resource Type(s): ActivityWorksheet
License Assigned: CC Attribution License CC-BY
A graphic guide on country research focused on strategies in searching Business Source Complete to find various kinds of country reports in the database and also some other public resources.Three pages allow you to print at bookmark size with the landscape layout.
Contributor: Grace Liu
Resource Type(s): Instruction Program Material
Information Literacy Frame(s) Addressed: Searching as Strategic Exploration
Discipline(s): Business
Type of Institution: University
Scope: Course-level
License Assigned: All Rights Reserved
This lesson is designed to orient teacher education students to the library spaces and resources that support the development of multiple literacies by using a gamified tour through a series of stations throughout the library. Exploration stations are focused on themes of Indigenous perspectives and critical literacy, differentiated reading materials, leisure reading, coding and computational thinking resources, and “making” stories through unplugged STEAM activities. At each station, students engage with the resources through conversation, play, and decision-making. Students will gain an appreciation for the breadth of library resources to support the development of multiple literacies, and begin to critically appraise teaching and learning resources for the classroom. The Unlock Library Literacy workshop models a gamified approach to learning design. Students gather in small groups and engage in a self-guided exploration of stations throughout the library, with librarians available to facilitate and answer questions. An online survey platform is used to randomly move students from one station to the next, and states the tasks students must perform at each location. After completing each exploration station, students will receive a clue. After completing all required stations, students will have the code for a combination lock that they can use to unlock a box and get a prize.  
Contributor: Wendy Traas
Resource Type(s): ActivityLesson Plan
License Assigned: CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License CC-BY-NC-SA
Deciding who to vote for can be hard. On top of that, finding information about local elections can sometimes be difficult, as can be figuring out if you agree with a candidate on an issue that you don’t know too much about. This activity engages students in the civic process and in research. Students will use internet searching to find information about candidates, and database searching to find information out about an issue. 
Contributor: Faith Rusk
Resource Type(s): ActivityWorksheet
Discipline(s): Not Discipline Specific
License Assigned: CC Attribution License CC-BY
A list of criteria to help students check if they followed all steps to create an optimized search strategy. We used it for searches in engineering database, but it can be used in all fields. For certain fields, it might need small modifications. Aussi disponible en français dans la "Sandbox".
Contributor: Christine Brodeur
Information Literacy Frame(s) Addressed: Searching as Strategic Exploration
Discipline(s): Not Discipline Specific
Type of Institution: CollegeUniversity
License Assigned: CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License CC-BY-NC-SA
Grille de vérification que les étudiants peuvent remplir après avoir développé une stratégie pour s'assurer d'avoir réfléchi à toutes les facettes de leur stratégie. En français (English version also available in the Sandbox)
Contributor: Christine Brodeur
Information Literacy Frame(s) Addressed: Searching as Strategic Exploration
Discipline(s): Not Discipline Specific
Type of Institution: CollegeUniversity
License Assigned: CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License CC-BY-NC-SA
This is a recorded webcast presentation featuring tips on using the MLA International Bibliography to teach scholarly research concepts and analytical skills.
Contributor: Angela Ecklund
Resource Type(s): Conference Presentation
Information Literacy Frame(s) Addressed: Scholarship as ConversationSearching as Strategic Exploration
Type of Institution: CollegeUniversity
License Assigned: All Rights Reserved
The MLA provides short tutorial videos that help users make the most of the bibliography’s rich metadata and its advanced searching and filtering features. New and updated tutorials are released throughout the year.If you have a suggestion for a topic that you would like to see covered in a tutorial, please let us know by sending an e-mail to bibliography@mla.org.
Contributor: Angela Ecklund
Resource Type(s): Tutorial
Information Literacy Frame(s) Addressed: Searching as Strategic Exploration
License Assigned: CC Attribution License CC-BY

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