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Toolkit: Searching as Strategic Exploration- Dispositions


"Searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding develops." ACRL Framework

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Learners who are developing their information literate abilities do the following:

Disposition 1

Exhibit mental flexibility and creativity.

#Research: An Activity to Introduce Keywords- Grace Spiewak, Aurora University, 2021

Source Evaluation with Rubrics- helping students move beyond the basics- Rebecca Yowler, Knox College, 2020

Disposition 2

Understand that first attempts at searching do not always produce adequate results.

Disposition 3

Realize that information sources vary greatly in content and format and have varying relevance and value, depending on the needs and nature of the search.

Disposition 4

Seek guidance from experts, such as librarians, researchers, and professionals.

#Research: An Activity to Introduce Keywords- Grace Spiewak, Aurora University, 2021

Disposition 5

Recognize the value of browsing and other serendipitous methods of information gathering.

Disposition 6

Persist in the face of search challenges, and know when they have enough information to complete the information task.

Cats Cause Schizophrenia: Librarian-Faculty Collaboration to Develop Student Competency in Contextualizing Sources- Frances Brady and Teresa Fletcher, PhD, Adler University, 2018

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