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

Alan Poulter

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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
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Specialist publicationRefer : Journal of the Information Services Group
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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


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