Searching as Strategic Exploration
Key sentence: The act of searching often begins with a question that directs the act of finding needed information. Encompassing inquiry, discovery, and serendipity, searching identifies both possible relevant sources as well as the means to access those sources.
- determine the initial scope of the task required to meet their information needs;
- identify interested parties who might produce information about a topic and then determine how to access that information;
- utilize divergent (e.g., brainstorming) and convergent (e.g., selecting the best source) thinking when searching;
- match information needs and search strategies to appropriate search tools;
- design and refine needs and search strategies as necessary, based on search results;
- understand how information systems are organized in order to access relevant information;
- use different types of searching language (e.g., controlled vocabulary, keywords, natural language) appropriately;
- manage searching processes and results effectively.
- Creating a research strategy (e.g. identify keywords, create a search statement, use appropriate information sources, etc.) [most courses]
- Using controlled vocabulary (database thesauri) for searching [major, capstone/graduate]
- Recognizing tools for acquiring resources outside of EKU collections (e.g. Library Express, reciprocal borrowing privileges) [most courses]
- Interpreting and using citations to find additional literature [major, capstone/graduate]
- Constructing advanced searches, including advanced search features in subject-specific databases [major, capstone/graduate]
- Identifying various sources of help in searching (e.g. library and classroom faculty, library staff, peers, research guides, etc.) [most courses]
“Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.” Association of College and Research Libraries, 11 Jan. 2016, http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework. Accessed 21 June 2017.