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Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (ACRL)

Adapted from Bucknell University Library. Created by Nancy Frazier, Instructional Services Librarian, Jill Hallam-Miller, Blended Learning Librarian. (Permission granted: 9/20/2015).

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Locating information requires a combination of inquiry, discovery, and serendipity. There is no one size fits all source to find the needed information. Information discovery is nonlinear and iterative, requiring the use of a broad range of information sources and flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding is developed.

  • Select an appropriate search tool based on discipline and task at hand.
  • Construct a search based on keywords and use basic search strategies.
  • Condense or expand as necessary using search string and facets.
  • Remain persistent, try a variety of searches, and keep asking questions.

Develop an effective research question and then identify keywords to begin the search process.

Research: A Process of Inquiry and Strategic Exploration

View this document which illustrates the cyclical nature of research and contains links to a variety of STLCC Libraries tools and resources.

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Florissant Valley Campus Library
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Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
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Forest Park Campus Library
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Meramec Campus Library
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St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
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