Lesson Three

Planning a Search in Digital Collections

Introduction

Before you begin your search for "treasures" in Digital Collections, it is good to set up a plan. The following activities will further your knowledge about searching the Library of Congress and learning to search efficiently.

Objectives

  • Narrow a search topic
  • Create a synonym list
  • Choose the best search strategy
  • Create a search plan

 

Activity 1

1. What is the topic? Example: "Immigration". Now think about possible dates, people, places, and other facts that you already know about this topic. Examples: 1880s, Irish, Chinese, German, potato famine, building of the railroads, orphan trains, westward expansion in the U.S., Gold Rush, Ellis Island.

2. What are some other terms (key words) from that period of time? Where would you go to find additional subject terms or a synonym list?

  • Immigration
  • Emigration
  • Ellis Island
  • Angel Island

3. What kind of primary sources are you looking for? Can you narrow your search by choosing only one kind of primary source - photos, maps, documents, video, etc.

4. Which search strategy would be most effective -- browse by topic, time period, an advanced Google search, etc.

5. Click on Lesson 3, Activity 1 - "Practice Setting Up a Search Plan" or locate the file in the list of "Assignments".

6. Save it to the desktop and complete the activity.

7. Submit "Lesson 3, Activity 1" using ReggieNet.

To Submit an Activity:

 Click on the "Assignments" link on the left. Click on the correct assignment.  Under Submissions, click on "Browse"/"Choose File".  Find "Lesson 3, Activity 1" saved on your computer. Click on the file and click Open. The name of the file will appear below "Attachments". Click on the "Submit" button. 
 

. *Go to Activity 2.

 

Activity 2

1. When you have finished "Practicing Setting Up a Search Plan", Click on the Lesson 3, Activity 2 - "Questions"or locate the file in the list of "Assignments".

2. Save this file to your computer and complete the questions.

3. After answering all of the questions, submit using ReggieNet.

To Submit an Activity:

 Click on the "Assignments" link on the left. Click on the correct assignment. Under Submissions, click on "Browse"/"Choose File". Find " Lesson 3, Activity 2" saved on your computer. Click on the file and click Open. The name of the file will appear below "Attachments". Click on the "Submit" button. 

 

 

 

*Go to Lesson 4.