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Search Strategies

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details the core philosophy for conducting effective information searches

details the core philosophy for conducting effective information searches

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  • 1. Search Strategies
  • 2.
    • Understand the relationship between reference interview technique and search strategy.
    • Identify and explain the search strategy appropriate to a given question.
    • Identify basic strategies for starting any search.
    • Introduce the Central Library’s public service departments and identify their unique resources.
    • Introduce Core Reference Collection.
    Training Objectives
  • 3. You don’t have to know everything … You just have to know how to find it. Search Strategies
  • 4. Search = Question + Information Resources
    • Type
    • Language
    • Parameters
    • Type
    • Language
    • Parameters
    The Search
  • 5. The Question
    • Type
    • Language
    • Parameters
    • Request for a specific item or single fact
    • Request for information about a subject
  • 6.
    • How accurately the customer communicates the question
    • How accurately you interpret the question
    The Question
    • Type
    • Language
    • Parameters
  • 7.
    • When is the info needed?
    • Purpose
    • School assignment
    • Format
    • Subject interrelationships
    • Time Frame
    • Geographical boundaries
    The Question
    • Type
    • Language
    • Parameters
  • 8. Search = Question + Information Resources
    • Type
    • Language
    • Parameters
    • Type
    • Language
    • Parameters
    The Search
  • 9.
    • Type
    • Language
    • Parameters
    • Single tool
    • Collection (within a collection)
    • Network
    Information Resources
  • 10.
    • Type
    • Language
    • Parameters
    • How it should be approached
    • Its points of access
    • The form the entries should take
    Information Resources
  • 11. Information Resources
    • Direct resource Produces the actual information
    • Indirect resource Refers searcher somewhere else
    • Type
    • Language
    • Parameters
  • 12. The Search Process
    • Verify the question
    • Categorize the question
    • Identify type of search
    • Identify resources useful to search
    • Translate question
    • Conduct the search
    • Deliver the information
  • 13. The Search Process Verify the question
  • 14. The Search Process Categorize the question
  • 15. The Search Process Identify the type of search
  • 16. The Search Process Identify resources useful for the search
  • 17. The Search Process Translate question into the language of the selected source
  • 18. Everything should be made as simple as possible. Albert Einstein
  • 19. The Search Process Conduct the search
  • 20. The Search Process Deliver the information
  • 21. The Search Process If the question is not answered. . .
    • Have I misunderstood the question?
    • Do I need to rethink my strategy?
    • Did I follow through on each decision?
    • Should I have tried alternative approaches?
    • Is this question more appropriately answered by another agency?
  • 22. The Search Process Remember…
    • NEVER try to persuade a dissatisfied customer that the information is acceptable
    • Never say we are unable to answer a question without first consulting other staff
  • 23. The Search Process Summary…
    • The more you perform searches and use the resources. . .
    • You will learn about the collection
    • You will develop short cuts
    • You will learn which sources work best for you and go right to them