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"Triples" for information research skills : a multi-disciplinary approach

Poulter, Alan (2011) "Triples" for information research skills : a multi-disciplinary approach. Refer : Journal of the Information Services Group, 27 (Summer).

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This paper outlines a new approach to teaching reference/research skills. It was developed for PhD students but has been used successfully for teaching reference and search skills to students on a Masters in Library and Information Studies. It uses example search subjects in groups of three (“triples”), coming from the domains of arts/social sciences, the sciences and engineering, intended to inculcate multi-domain search skills to support cross-domain research . It is supported by a four-stage structured search strategy, summarised on a web page, which begins with quick reference and progresses through general Internet academic and other sources, then general academic databases and finally specialised academic databases/sources.