Search, Organization, & Information Architecture
(Electronic Research & the Rhetoric of Information)
What We’ll Learn
We will learn information architecture.
We will learn how people search so we
can organize things so they can be easily
We will learn how people organize things
so we can efﬁciently ﬁnd what we are
Keep this URL handy, this is the main source of
You will all have a web site on this ser ver
When you sign the sheet today, indicate
the name you want your site to have.
Your URL will look like this:
You’ll use your site to turn in assignments
Assignments will be .pdf ﬁles with your
name in the title.
Everything is Miscellanous
by David Weinberger
Other readings on
At the Bookie
ebook | Google Books
used online (shipping may
On Friday of every week (except for
weeks, 1, 7, and 15) a 450 word reading
response is due on your class web site.
Responses are to be a reaction, criticism,
summary, example, or other response to
the assigned readings that week.
Search and Organization Projects
You will do ﬁve projects organizing and
searching information and item.
These will be practical applications of
techniques taught in class.
You can use the same collection for each
or experiment with new things.
Academic Search Strategy Project
With a guide for other students
You will get to know one of the library’s
databases as an expert and share your
ﬁndings with us.
Search Engine Optimization Analysis
You will look at a local website and make
recommendations for better search
As a capstone to show off what you have
learned in this class, you will craft a ﬁnal
project that demonstrates expert search
and/or organization skills.
You will have a lot of ﬂexibility in what
you choose. You can do a more detailed
version of an earlier assignment or ﬁnd a
practical outlet for your new talents.