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English 113 - Parker / Wiebe - Information Literacy Sessions - Fall 2018

Devleloping Deep Inquiry Habits

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding develops.

The act of searching often begins with a question that directs the act of finding needed information. Encompassing inquiry, discovery, and serendipity, searching identifies both possible relevant sources as well as the means to access those sources. Experts realize that information searching is a contextualized, complex experience that affects, and is affected by, the cognitive, affective, and social dimensions of the searcher. Novice learners may search a limited set of resources, while experts may search more broadly and deeply to determine the most appropriate information within the project scope. Likewise, novice learners tend to use few search strategies, while experts select from various search strategies, depending on the sources, scope, and context of the information need.

(from the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education)


Finding some information about most things is generally pretty easy. Deep inquiry into a topic or tracking town original sources can take some additional sleuthing. Here are a few challenges to work through together to help get into the habit of going the extra step in research. 




1.   Disney Princesses and Gender Stereotypes?

It says here that researchers have found that the Disney princesses contribute to gender stereotypes.  You could stop here, or try to find the actual study done by these researchers.

  • Can you track down the full-text of the actual study?



2.   Social media can skew your perception of body image?

Here is an article from the BBC that explains the relationship between social media use and how we view ourselves.   

  • Is the author of this article an expert on the topic?
  • Who is the expert mentioned in the article? (hint: look down by the bro taking a selfie)
    • Can you find any research articles that she actually wrote?



3.   White dudes have the most talking roles in movies?

This brief article mentions that a recent study done at the University of Southern California found that white men have the most speaking parts in major motion pictures. 

  • Can you track down the full-text of the actual study?