Online Searching: Principles and Specifics

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Name: Stefan Smith
Title: Outreach Librarian
Institution: Murphy Library, UW-LaCrosse
Street Address: 1631 Pine St.
City/State/Zip: La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: 608-785-8396
Email: smith_sa@mail.uwlax.edu
Fax: 608-785-8639

Title of practice or implementation method: Online Searching: Principles and Specifics

Primary audience: Students, beginning or advanced level
Secondary audience: Community members

Describe the practice:

This teaching strategy of "principles and specifics" helps students cope with the complexity of online searching by employing three easily remembered principles that can be applied across different information databases to achieve effective results. Once the learner understands these three principles of online searching, applying specifics becomes easier and more natural.

Competencies addressed through this practice:
3. Formulate and efficiently execute search queries appropriate for the information resource.

Supporting materials/resources used and their format:

(Link to handout pdf here)

Special requirements to use these resources: Computer Lab

References consulted: