Good research starts with a meaningful question—but it also requires the ability to create the right search strategy to address it. That strategy includes formulating effective search terms that can, as the first "Searching Smarter" video says, "serve as a fish hook to snag the information we want from the ocean of the internet." The resources on this page present strategies you can use with students to do just that, from imagining sources to utilizing stepping stone sources and, of course, applying Boolean operators.
The Academic Skills lesson plan "Searching Smarter," invites you to introduce students to three new videos in your ABC-CLIO databases and provide guided practice activities to put their newly minted search skills to use.
In "Teaching Effective Search," school librarian Tasha Bergson-Michelson shares methodologies for teaching predictive search approaches that can be game changers for student researchers (don't forget to take the quiz after watching this on-demand course to earn your certificate of completion).
Plus, articles like , "Students Can Search, But Can They Research?", share compelling ideas to extend your students' research capabilities based on other educators' experiences. We hope you'll find the answers to your search instruction questions right here!