Hal Loewen: find the most effective ways to teach students and patrons to be life-long learners by selecting the best resources and methods for searching those resources

My homework is to find the most effective ways to teach students and patrons to be life-long learners by selecting the best resources and methods for searching those resources.

Most of my students and many of the patrons I deal with will only search Google and WIkipedia to find their answers. Both are great for finding information but it is important for them to know that there are many other great and specialized databases out there that are better at finding the information they need. They need to be shown how to understand what they are looking for, that is, how to properly define a question. Then they need to be shown how to  select the best databases to answer those questions – the trick is to teach them to be successful at using those databases so they know how and when to use something other than Google and Wikipedia.

Here is hoping the volcanic ash does not keep from making the start of the ride.

Hal Loewen
University of Manitoba

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