Search and Evaluate

Search and Evaluate

Level 1- Emerging

Students use simple search techniques to locate information based on research need. Students evaluate information to determine the most appropriate resources within context.

  • Design and modify search strategies as necessary in response to information found.
  • Identify appropriate information portals including core research databases (i.e. JSTOR, Web of Science), web search engines (i.e. Google Scholar), library catalogs, government resources, open data sets, etc.
  • Search for a breadth of information sources on a topic, including both traditional and emerging formats of scholarly conversation.
  • Evaluate information to determine whether, why, and how it addresses the research question.
  • Evaluate the authority of a source given the context in which the information was created and is being used.

Level 2- Developing

Students use advanced search techniques and tools to locate information from various types of sources. Students evaluate the ways in which differing perspectives impact the creation and consumption of information.

  • Design advanced search strategies that are both effective and efficient by using interface features (e.g. tables of contents, indexes, search limiters, boolean logic, citation chasing).
  • Choose primary, secondary, and tertiary sources of information as appropriate.
  • Use tools and services as needed to search for and acquire resources beyond WMU (e.g. interlibrary loan, document delivery, data sharing systems, etc.).
  • Identify perspectives and points of view in information sources.
  • Articulate the purpose and value of peer review in the context of scholarly communication.

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