want to find information on their own. Quickly. Cheaply. Period. In an
attempt to teach them "proper" search or research methods,
librarians often give them more than what they want to know. We
lecture on correct query formulation, the use of Boolean logic, and on
analytical methods for determining quality in information. In essence,
we contribute to information overload.
should recognize that many patrons simply don't care, and then
consider how we can help them accomplish simple research tasks. Below
appear a few suggestions.
Technique spotted in Rita
Vine's PowerPoint presentation
To help instructors communicate with patrons and provide them with
basic searching skills.
library terminology (e.g., Boolean, card catalogs, subject
and descriptions in common use (e.g., subject starting points,
quick look-up sites, AND, OR, NOT).
a show 'n tell of "good" resources.
the basic research process (source consideration to starting
point to query).
Boolean (excepting advanced patrons/classes).
use of natural language engines (e.g., Google, Vivisimo).
query formulation and interpretation of search results.
why search engines often do not work.
complex evaluation skills (excepting advanced patrons/classes).
on how to dissect a Web address.
to teach during one class what it has taken you years of
education and experience to learn.
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