“Imagine Your Perfect Source”: Strategies for Cultivating Expert Researchers

Presented by: Tasha Bergson-Michelson, Instructional and Programming Librarian, Castilleja School, Palo Alto, CA
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Why do some people just seem to be naturals at finding information when they need it? Many expert searchers describe “imagining their perfect source” as a key step prior to searching. While some people develop this strategy intuitively—often without even being aware that they are doing it—there is no reason not to cultivate the necessary skills for research success in all our students.

Learn the basics of imagining sources for yourself, and explore ways to teach our students how to start thinking like expert researchers. In this edWebinar, Tasha Bergson-Michelson explored what it means to “imagine a source,” undertake some basic practice imagining, and learn how to build queries targeting predicted characteristics of a source. She also shared specific activities that help students flex their predictive imaginations, and examples of student work.

If you are a librarian teaching information literacy, or a classroom teacher who asks students to locate their own sources, watch this edWebinar to learn skills that support lifelong learning and can help students do better quality research in academic or work settings, or to be savvier consumers in daily life.