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Information Literacy Modules: Using Finding Tool Features

Learning Outcomes for Using Finding Tool Features

Using Finding Tool Features

A. System Tools

  1. Describes the structure and components of the system or tool being used, regardless of format (e.g., index, thesaurus, type of information retrieved by the system).
  2. Identifies the source of help within a given information retrieval system and uses it effectively.
  3. Identifies what types of information are contained in a particular system
  4. Identifies and uses search language and protocols (e.g., Boolean, adjacency) appropriate to the retrieval system.
  5. Uses help screens and other user aids to understand the particular search structures and commands of an information retrieval system.

B. Retrieval of Potential Sources While Searching

  1. Determines appropriate means for recording or saving the desired information (e.g., printing, saving to disc, photocopying, taking notes).
  2. Uses effectively the organizational structure of a typical book (e.g., indexes, tables of contents, user's instructions, legends, cross-references) in order to locate pertinent information in it.
  3. Uses effectively the organizational structure and access points of print research sources (e.g., indexes, bibliographies) to retrieve pertinent information from those sources.
  4. Selects among various technologies the most appropriate one for the task of extracting the needed information (e.g., copy/paste software functions, photocopier, scanner, audio/visual equipment, or exploratory instruments)

C. Wrap Up and Review

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