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Students will recognize a specific information need
Students will identify types of information sources in a variety of formats
Students will match their information needs and search strategies to appropriate search tools
Discovery: Advanced Search
Students will use search language appropriate to the source, such as a controlled vocabulary, key words, natural language, author and title searches to locate relevant items in print and electronic resources.
Choosing a Topic Learning Outcomes
Students will understand that the type and amount of information is determined in part by the parameters of the need, as well as by the information available.
Students will understand that library information tools can direct them to research topic ideas and can be used to refine broad topics.
Students will learn the fundamentals of browsing library databases for topic identification.
Students will understand that librarians select reliable and credible source material that supports student topic exploration.
Students will determine an appropriate scope of investigation.
Students will gain strategies for either limiting or expanding the topics of their research. These include making use of library materials to explore ideas for focusing inquiry.
Effective Searches: Learning Outcomes
Students will use appropriate keywords as identified by the key concepts of their research questions.
Students will employ boolean operators when executing their searches.
Students will discover the preferred language of various database sources and search for additional resources using the subject terms they have identified.
Students will learn to differentiate between different information sources, such as databases, and elect to use those sources that best fit their topics.
Students will employ date, source-type, and format limiters to discover the most helpful information sources.
Students will utilize divergent (e.g., brainstorming) and convergent (e.g., selecting the best source) thinking when searching.
Analyzing Search Results: Learning Outcomes
Students will identify and select which materials are most relevant to their research questions and.
Students will apply the CRAAP test or another method of evaluating whether a source's record is suitable for an academic assignment.
Students will be aware that search results can be resorted by date, relevance and other ordering methods.
Student will develop the ability to recognize when search results lack important information, requiring additional search strategies.
Locating and Retrieving Sources
Students will learn how to locate information in different forms, located both physically in the library and available electronically
Students will learn to use librarian-created research guides
Students will learn to navigate the library's classification system
Students will become aware that they can often borrow material available beyond the library through interlibrary loan.
Students shall seek multiple perspectives during information gathering and assessment
Should understand how information systems (i.e., collections of recorded information) are organized in order to access relevant information;
Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
Students will learn when and how they must credit their source material
Students will become aware that library databases and catalogs often create citations for the sources they select
Students will conscientiously observe copyright restrictions and strive to avoid plagiarism