One thing she encourages students to do is to "confront a finding tool head-on to make it yield its list of assigned-subject terms" (112). I like her writing style quite a bit: "This tactic is an open sesame command that will reveal the otherwise-hidden thesaurus." Her book encourages exploration. In an effort to follow her suggestions, I went to our catalog to conduct a subject heading search. Admittedly, I have not taught subject searching very much, but it seems like it could be a valuable thing to introduce to students.
A search for "information literacy" in the subject heading search indeed reveals the hidden thesaurus. Following are a few of the subject headings:
- Information literacy (10)
- Information literacy--Ability testing
- Information literacy--Problems, exercises, etc.
- Information literacy--Psychological aspects
- Information literacy--Social aspects
- Information literacy--Standards--United States (2)
- Information literacy--Study and teaching (9)
- Information literacy--Study and teaching (Elementary)--United States
- Information literacy--Study and teaching (Higher) (20)
|Note:||Here are entered works on the ability to recognize when information is needed and to locate, evaluate, and use the required information effectively.|
- See - identifies the official form of author, title, series, or subject heading. Use this form.
- Narrower Term - suggests more specific terms that may be useful
- Related Term - suggests associated terms that may be useful
- Broader Term - not available
|Narrower Term: Electronic information resource literacy|
|Narrower Term: Internet literacy|
|Narrower Term: Media literacy.|
|Related Term: Information science|
Knowing and utilizing the thesaurus for research projects can be useful in finding what you need. It might be quicker than a keyword search in some cases, but not always.
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