Lecture-style with optional use of visual aids; also suitable for
To give patrons a step-by-step process by which to launch Internet
research with a search engine or other search service.
What is the question? Describe
the information sought.
Categorize the question. Does
it pertain to:
A known work,
An investigation (e.g.,
person, company, event),
Categorize the information
Current or historical?
Relevant to what discipline
(e.g., law, medicine, history, etc.) How would you narrow the
discipline (e.g. intellectual property law, biomedicine, WWII,
An overview or in-depth
A familiar or unknown
Other considerations (e.g.,
publication medium, reading level, source authenticity, etc.)
Pull keywords from the
description in number one above. Use unique words or multiple word
phrases, when possible.
misspellings, and colloquialisms, as well as broader and
Think about sources.
Select an appropriate starting
point (directories, search engines, meta search services,
specialty search services).
Known work = go to it
directly, or use search engine to find it
Topical research = subject
directories, subject-specific sites, related government
agencies, advocacy groups, or trade associations
Investigative research =
multiple search engines, relevant databases
Factual, reference data =
subject directories, sites devoted to collecting reference
sources; for statistics, consider related government agencies