Searching for Information Seeking Models
People look for information in several diferent ways, depending on several internal and external factors. In this activity learners observe and analyze different individuals' searchiing methods, and identify which searching model they used.
People look for information in several diferent ways, depending on several internal and external factors. In this activity you observe and analyze different individuals' searchiing methods, and identify which searching model they used.
1. Read Xie's article "Information Searching and Search Models."
2. In an essay identify your preferred searching model, and explain which factors lead you to using that model. Identify your second-most used searching model, and state what factors would lead you touse this other model.
3. Observe two people's searching behavior; take field notes of their search. Ask each person to do a "think aloud" as he or she searches for information, stgating their process and the reasons for each decision-action step.
4. Identify the searching model that each person used, and substantiate your reason based on your field notes; note that factors that led the person to using that particular model. Compare the two person's searching behavior, and suggest factors thatg impacted their choices.
5. Write up your analysis, and include instructional mplications based on your self-analysis and observation analysis.
- Academic Support Services / Faculty Development / Learners and Learning
- Academic Support Services / ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Literacy / Searching and Evaluating Information
- Academic Support Services / Library and Information Services / Information and Communication Technology Literacy
Self-assessment essay about searching models
Analysis of two individuals' searching process, and concluding recommendations about instructional implications
Observation field notes
ICT lteracy, information literacy, searching skills
1. Identify and analyze information searching models
2. Identify factors that impact the choice of information searching models
Field notes criteria: clarity, specificity, feasibility, thoroughness
Analysis criteria: clarity, specificity, feasibility, thoroughness, quality and rigor of evidence/justification for stances and implications