This lesson plan was developed for instructors who use an I-Search assignment in their courses, and can be adapted for other types of research assignments as well. The instructor begins the lesson with a series of open-ended questions designed to facilitate discussion on the variety of types of information sources available to researchers, the difference between databases and search engines, and author credibility (including student authors). The students then break into groups to brainstorm the types of sources appropriate to paticular types of research scenarios. The instructor ends the session with demonstration of database research techniques.
Time: 50 minutes
Develop an understanding of the differences between library databases and internet search engines.
Develop an understanding of what makes a source credible
Develop understanding of different sources appropriate for different research situations