Module 1
Ask Good Questions
Module 2
Finding Information
Module 3
Selecting the Best
Module 4
Putting it Together
Module 5
Your Presentation
Module 6
Making the Grade

You will develop search strategies whenever you have an information need. For instance, if you are about to purchase a new cell phone, you will need to know how to find information on all types of cell phones. You won't want information about the history of cell phones, or how to use them safely when driving, but you would need information on warranties, cell phone features, service providers and contracts.

When looking for information for your own information need or for an assignment, you want to find the information you need quickly. Remember to plan your search strategy. A little planning will save you time.  Now let's look at your research assignment.

Directions: Begin with #1 and work through #5.

#1

Review your assignment and follow these steps:

  • Before you begin finding information for your research project, be sure you review the assignment and answer these questions:

What is required?
How many sources do I need?
What types of sources do I need?

  • Next review the questions you developed for your research project in "Developing Your Questions" Word document or printable PDF(from Module 1) and begin developing your search strategies.
  • Then develop search terms from a few of your research questions.
  • Be sure to develop combinations of search terms.
  • Keep track of your search terms and search term combinations in your Evernote account.
#2

Compare a few inital searches on the Search Tracking Form Word document or printable PDF.  Then try searching in several of the other search engines besides Google using the links below. Often the same search in different search engines produces different results. There are some differences in search engines:

  • InstaGrok gives search results displayed in a graphic organizer.
  • WolframAlpha is a computational search engine to try out if you are searching for science topics or topics involving mathematics.
#3 Search for information for your assigned research project using the ISearch box on the right. Be sure the check the results under each tab. Then branch out to other research tools including Google.
#4 Discuss in your online or class discussion your research tool investigation results. Share findings and learnings.
#5 Check your searching skills with this quiz.

You will be able to use these strategies to answer real-life information needs as well as for your project.

 

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