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Information Literacy Tutorial: 4. Searching & Exploring

How to Use this Section

This part of the tutorial consists of 3 sections containing readings, videos and assessment quizzes. Read through the information on these pages, watch the videos, and answer the questions. The content in these sections is best followed from top-to-bottom beginning with the left column.

Part 4 of the tutorial consists of 3 sections (A, B & C) containing readings, videos and questions. First read through the information and watch the videos on pages 4A, 4B, and 4C. When finished take the quiz at the end of section C. The content in these sections is best followed from top-to-bottom beginning with the left column.

4A:  Searching & Exploring covers the larger issue in research: Searching is strategic. Research is not always a straight line from question to answer. The 'Research Daisy' shows that the process often comes back on itself. The non-graded reseach process activity helps to understand why one method may be better than another. 

4B: Search Strategies The "Exploring the Research process" activity helps to explain how different sources and search strategies relate to a project. 

4C: Finding Sources explores the different types of sources that you may be asked to find.

 After completing this part of the tutorial students will be able to:

  • Distinguish between primary and secondary sources.
  • Utilize different techniques during the search process 


4A: Exploring the Research Process Activity

Research Out Loud is an online activity that allows students to explore different pathways in the search process and reflect on the usefulness of making mistakes. 

4A: Research Daisy

The "daisy" starts with a topic or an idea. As you use reference sources to get background information, then catalogs, the web, and other sources to collect information, you build your keyword list, refine your topic, evaluating and documenting your sources. The research process "daisy" reflects the fluidity of your topic and the ongoing changes that are a natural part of research.

image from (Clark College: IRIS

4A: Search Strategies