Research Skills - Tips for Searching
This rubric provides ideas for how to improve your results by improving how you search online: the goal is to progress to the right along this rubric in each category as you improve the way you search when using any search engine or database.
|Persistence||Student opens the first result.||Student scrolls down the entire first page of the results and opens more than one result.||Student scrolls past the first page and opens more than three results.||Student scrolls past the first two pages of results.||Student persists until multiple relevant and useful resources are found.|
|Adaptability||Student tries one search term.||Student makes one adjustment to search term.||Student makes adjustments to search term using only one strategy.||Student uses two strategies to change search term.||Student uses more than two search strategies and uses successful results to help find new resources.|
|Note: Search strategies include synonyms, narrowing and broadening, quotation marks, truncation, adding or deleting words, using subject heading, and/or Boolean logic.|
|Independence||Student uses results of initial search without consideration of other search strategies.||Student needs prompting from a peer or adult to think of other searching strategies.||Student recognizes their actions change the results but needs assistance from a peer or adult to think of other searching strategies.||Student independently changes their search and retrieves one relevant result.||Student is completely independent and retrieves multiple relevant resources.|