ERIC Number: ED244633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun-25
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Online Bibliographic Searching to High School Students.
Craver, Kathleen W.
This paper describes how four classes of high school students were introduced over a 2-year period to the concepts and terminology of online bibliographic searching, instructed to formulate their own search strategies, and received the opportunity to observe their strategies executed by a skilled searcher on various selected databases. It also examines and evaluates the methods employed and the students' achievement level responses to the course. Sixty-seven college bound seniors with no prior knowledge or experience with online subject searching participated in the course. The primary purpose of the course was to introduce students to a library service which would enable them to perform research more expeditiously and provide them with relevant information for research projects. A series of different methods were employed to teach online searching, including a printed manual, a lecture, a case study, an audiovisual demonstration, and a small group assignment which culminated with observations of actual online searches. It is concluded from the results of the course that not only can high school students benefit from such a course, but also that they can be taught to form their own information searches in the future. (DMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Researchers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the YASD/ALSC Research Forum at the Annual Conference of the American Library Association (Dallas, TX, June 25, 1984).