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