Locating Information

Locating Information

At one time the responsibility for teaching students how to locate information rested with the professional school librarian/media specialist. Now national and state standards recognize the enormity of this inquiry dimension and place the responsibility for instruction with every teacher in all disciplines. But it’s broader than just locating the information -- it’s teaching the inquiry process.

The dimension of locating information  has grown exponentially with the internet and tools that allow easy and constant access. The old adage, ‘don’t believe everything you read in the newspaper’ takes on new meaning with the internet. Students must be able to find and use the best resources available which requires search skills. Beyond finding the information this dimension also includes the abilities to recognize needed information, explore relationships, take notes, summarize and so forth. In addition, students must be able to organize their information and manage material. Students must also learn the value and need for validating information and being able to go back to the source.

Resources on Locating Information

Information inquiry models and Locating Information

  • INFOhio
    •  DIALOGUE - L-- Locate/ Explore: identifying/locating sources, exploring relationships.
    •  Go INFOhio: Ask - How do I begin my research?
    •  Go INFOhio: Act - How do I find valid information?
  • The Big 6® - Information Seeking Strategies, Location and Access.
  • Pathways to Knowledge®-  - Organize; Planning and implementing my search strategy; Identify sources, select resources and tools, skimming, scanning, questioning techniques, interviewing, note taking, summarizing, verify information, record bibliographic information, know when to get help, determine relevancy, use good search strategies.
  • Stripling Model of Inquiry - Investigate: Find and evaluate information to answer questions, test hypotheses; Think about information to illuminate new questions and hypotheses (combined with Evaluating Information).