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Information Literacy: TEKS to ACRL: Uses Efficient Search Strategies

Relates Texas Expectations of Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) to Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) information literacy standards

Goal 5: Summary: Creates and Uses Efficient Search Strategies in Various Sources to Locate Relevant Information

Students should be familiar with the concepts of keywords, controlled vocabulary, and Boolean logic so they can search efficiently in book or online indexes, library catalogs, and databases.  They should be able to interpret bibliographic records in a catalog or database in order to recognize bibliographic elements and hot links to related subjects.

TEKS: Kindergarten - Grade 2

Use text features (e.g. title, table of contents, illustrations) to locate specific information in texts. (1.14D, 2.14D)

Use text features to locate information. (1.24B, 2.25B)

Gather evidence from provided text sources, with adult assistance. (K.20A)

Gather evidence from available sources (natural and personal) as well as from interviews with local experts, with adult assistance. (1.24A, 2.25A)

Use search strategies to access information to guide inquiry. (Tech Apps, K.3A, 1.3A, 2.3A)


TEKS: High School

Construct appropriate electronic search strategies. (Tech Apps, 3A)

Conduct effective searches using Boolean operators. (Tech Apps, 3B)

Exercise: Middle School

TEKS: Grades 3 -5

Research information, including historical and current events, and geographic data, about the community and world, using a variety of valid print, oral, visual, and internet resources. (Soc St 3.17A)

Use various parts of a source, including the table of contents, glossary, and index as well as keyword internet searches, to locate information. (Soc St 3.17D)

Use various search strategies such as keywords; the Boolean identifiers and, or, and not; and other strategies appropriate to specific search engines. (Tech Apps, 3.3A, 4.3A, 5.3A)

Use multiple text features (e.g. guide words, topic and concluding sentences) to gain an overview of the contents of text and to locate information. (Ident. & Eval . of Resources, 4.11D, 5.11D)

Acquires and evaluates digital content. (K-5 Tech Apps, 3)

Use search strategies to access information to guide inquiry. (Tech Apps, K.3A, 1.3A, 2.3A)

Use research skills to build a knowledge base regarding a topic, task, or assignment. (K-5 Tech Apps, K.3B, 1.3B, 2.3B)

ACRL Standards

Constructs and implements effectively designed search strategies. (2.2)

Identifies keywords, synonyms, and related terms for the information needed. (2.2b)

Selects controlled vocabulary specific to the discipline or information retrieval source. (2.2c)

Constructs a search strategy using appropriate commands for the information retrieval system selected (e.g. Boolean operators, truncation, and proximity for search engines; internal organizers such as indexes for books) (2.2d)

Exercise: High School

TEKS: Middle School

Determine, locate, and explore the full range of relevant sources addressing a research question and systematically record the information they gather. (23)

Follow the research plan to collect data from a range of print and electronic resources (e.g. reference texts, periodicals, web pages, online sources) and data from experts. (23A)

Discuss and use various search strategies, including keywords and Boolean operators. (MS Tech Apps, 3B)

Exercise: Elementary School

Exercise: College

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