What is this thing? Koosh balls and search terms
This short lesson introduces identifying search terms with a Koosh ball. The 10 minute activity can be used in one-shot instruction sessions or built in to credit bearing information literacy courses.
Identify relevant search terms for a given topic.
Information Literacy concepts:
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Course Context (e.g. how it was implemented or integrated):
This activity was originally designed for a patent searching session for an upper level engineering course. I used it to prepare groups for brainstorming keywords for their group invention. I have found that it easily translates to other multidisciplinary courses and can be used with groups or individuals.
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Suggested Citation:Smith, Jennifer. "What is this thing? Koosh balls and search terms." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2018. https://projectcora.org/assignment/what-thing-koosh-balls-and-search-terms.
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