Developing an Interdisciplinary Search Strategy
This is an activity that helps students develop an interdisciplinary search strategy in stages. Students define their topic, brainstorm questions related to their topic area, and connect these questions to the disciplines and experts where they might find more research and information. Students learn how to identify search tools & information sources based on their questions using the library’s website.
Breakdown topic by brainstorming relevant ideas and questions
Analyze these ideas to identify subject areas, this will help inform later searches on topic (ie what databases to consult)
Identifies key concepts and terms that describe the information need
Recognizes that knowledge can be organized into disciplines that influence the way information is accessed
Information Literacy concepts:
Individual or Group:
· Students don’t necessarily know a lot about different academic ‘disciplines’ and may need some help making meaningful connections between their topics and particular disciplines.
· Students may need help and/or to do some background research to think about interesting questions/issues related to their topics.