Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Mini-Workshops at the Reference Desk

I'd like to share Jerry Bornstein's quick summary of the two mini-workshops he did at the reference desk yesterday:
The IS Division is continuing to experiment with mini-workshops, which present in abbreviated format the curriculum normally included in our full-length, 75-minute workshops. Minis usually run 12-15 minutes. Tuesday, Feb. 24, we presented two sessions titled, "The Heck with Google: Find Information on the Web without a Search Engine." With regard to learning goals for the session, it was planned that after attending this session, students would be able to:
  • Formulate effective search statements in search engines using:
    • Boolean operators (AND in google by default)
    • Phrase searching (use of quotes around phrases)
    • Field searching (intitle)
  • Directly access most likely information producer sites without using a search engine
Twenty students attended the 12:45 session; 8 attended at 1:15.

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