What is this thing? Koosh balls and search terms

Submitted by Jennifer Smith on July 11th, 2018
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Short Description: 

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.

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Learning Outcomes: 

Identify relevant search terms for a given topic.


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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.


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