"Triples" for information research skills: a multi-disciplinary approach

Alan Poulter

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Abstract

This paper outlines a new approach to teaching reference/research skills. It was developed
for PhD students but has been used successfully for teaching reference and search skills to
students on a Masters in Library and Information Studies. It uses example search subjects in groups of three (“triples”), coming from the domains of arts/social sciences, the sciences
and engineering, intended to inculcate multi-domain search skills to support cross-domain
research . It is supported by a four-stage structured search strategy, summarised on a web
page, which begins with quick reference and progresses through general Internet academic
and other sources, then general academic databases and finally specialised academic
databases/sources.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Volume27
No.Summer
Specialist publicationRefer : Journal of the Information Services Group
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • research skills
  • search skills
  • search strategies
  • teaching research methods

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