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Information Literacy for Seneca Faculty: Searching as Strategic Exploration

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Searching as Strategic Exploration

Searching for information is a process requiring the selection and evaluation of different information sources with the option to refine and develop new search strategies to meet the information need. Learn more.

Learning Objectives

Key Sentence: Novice learners may search a limited set of resources, while experts may search more broadly and deeply to determine the most appropriate information. Likewise, novice learners tend to use few search strategies, while experts select from various search strategies, depending on the sources, scope, and context of the information need.

Learning Objectives
Learners who are developing their information literate abilities will be able to:

  • Identify the sources and search tools to access relevant information;
  • Use different types of searching language(e.g., keywords, controlled vocabulary, natural language);
  • Develop and compare search  strategies and results;
  • Refine search strategies based on the search results


Classroom Activities