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2. Applies Strategies

Standard Two

The information literate student accesses the needed information effectively and efficiently

Performance Indicators:

  • The information literate student selects the most appropriate investigative methods or information retrieval systems for accessing the needed information.
  • The information literate student constructs and implements effectively-designed search strategies.
  • The information literate student retrieves information online or in person using a variety of methods.
  • The information literate student refines the search strategy if necessary.
  • The information literate student extracts, records, and manages the information and its sources.



Example Assessment Methods And Activities

  1. Have students keep a research log in which they record their research methodology, sources consulted, keywords or headings searched and both successes and failures. Provide students with a sample log or with forms so they know exactly what processes to record.
  2. Teach about search strategies and have the class as a whole or in small groups generate search strategies for all (or selected) research topics in the class; share and discuss results to allow them to practice this skill.
  3. Select a sample of students and as a class attempt selecting keywords, creating search strategies and selecting appropriate reference sources for their topics.
  4. Request that students use multiple resources for an assignment: books, reference books, newspapers, magazine articles, scholarly articles, web sites, interviews, etc. Go over value and difference of each type of source.
  5. Define indexes, databases, scholarly journals, popular magazines, peer-reviewed, full-text, citations, etc. and then test students by having them write definitions of each.
  6. Have students identify and evaluate the three best sources for their assignments.
  7. Have students identify and print out a library record for a book appropriate for their assignments or research topic.
  8. Have students compare/evaluate the results of searches with a search engine (e.g. Google) and WorldCat.
  9. Have students practice writing citations for different types of publications/sources—article, book, book chapter, etc.
  10. List various types of citations and have students identify type of citation and circle the part of the citation that they would use to search in WorldCat.
  11. Have students find a relevant source and use its bibliography to track down other relevant sources.
  12. In advance of writing a research paper, students submit a plan for a search strategy that is then reviewed with the faculty member.  Student executes the strategy and, along with the research paper, submits a critical evaluation of how well the strategy worked in investigating the topic.