Year 7 Information Literacy Programme: Oliver

 

By having a closer look at searching for famous people, or famous places I was able to demonstrate and then allow students to use Oliver to find Dewey Shelf numbers.

 

 

 

Building on our previous sessions about picking a good keyword to unlock a question, I gave them three homework examples and asked them to identify the keyword.

As we were concentrating on names of people or places (Pablo Picasso, Mount Etna, etc) they had to work out that the second part (or surname) was the most important part. 

 

For example searching with “Mount” will find lots of infomation about Mountains in general, but searching with “Etna” will find less information but the finds will be more closely linked to Etna.

Screenshot of the Oliver Homepage

Screenshot of the Oliver Homepage

 

I then went onto demonstrate where to find Oliver, (on the VLE) 

how they can check which books they have borrowed, 

and how to do a Subject Search.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Students then logged onto a computer and found their way to Oliver before searching for Walt Disney, River Rhine, City of London, and Nelson Mandela, and recording the Dewey Shelf Number for each. Once completed they could then go on to explore their own account, and search for their favourite author, series or title, before hunting for the books in the MRC.

 

 

 

Year 7 Information Literacy Programme: Mind Maps & Keywords

So how do you pick a good keyword? and how are Dewey Numbers organised anyway?

 

Setting the scene with year 7…

 

Okay so your teacher goes and sets you ANOTHER homework challenge.

Find out about…, When did…., Who was… etc,

 

 So where do you start?

 

By picking a good Keyword to unlock the question.

 

You can then use this word to look in the Subject Index, Oliver Database, or even on the Internet.

To do this I gave my year 7 student a series of questions from which they had to to pick the keywords. The biggest challenege for some of them was not to write the actual answer!

 

So for example for the question…

 

 

 

 

“Name the colours of the spectrum” we discussed what results or information we would find if we picked “Colours” as our keyword rather than “Spectrum”.

 

 

They went onto organise their keywords and ideas into a mind map and used the Subject Indexes to find the shelf numbers.

 

It was great to see the penny drop with some of them when Dewey Shelf Numbers showed the relationship between Keywords.

Eg. Sport= 790, and all other individual sports shelf numbers start with… guess what the number 79 something.

 

 

 

  

 

Year 7 Information Literacy Programme: Christmas Fun

In the last IL session all 12 classes of Year 7 students learnt how to use the Subject Index, to look up keywords and find the corresponding Dewey Shelf Number.

 

During the last two weeks of term and in the build up to the Christmas Holidays I designed a Christmas ‘fun’ activity that allowed them to practice using these Subject Indexes.

 

I gave each student a Christmas picture (star, pudding, reindeer, etc) and they had to find the correct shelf number (star = 523, pudding = food = 641, reindeer = animal = 599, etc) then colour in their picture, cut it out and stick to their class Christmas Tree.

 

 

These trees are then hung up in the MRC and make great decorations. 

 

Each year this display reminds older students of how they can use the Subject Indexes. 

 

 

A prize is awarded to the class with the most correct Dewey numbers, best decorated tree and team work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Subject Index is available in an editable format from Carel Press it is called the “Find it Index”

 

Google Tip 2

Research Hint: Google tip

1 KEEP IT SIMPLE

“Use search terms the way you’d like to see them on a Web site. But think of how the author would phrase it.”

keyword umbrella

Would they use American spellings? Or more technical terms? Think about what people would say and how they would say it to find alternatives.

So if you can’t find what you want with your first keyword(s) think about common terms and phrases and try again.

“Stay on topic and keep it simple.” Barseghian 2011

 

Bibliography Barseghian, Tina. (2011). 12 Ways To Be More Search Savvy. Available: http://mindshift.kqed.org/2011/09/cracking-the-code-to-the-best-google-search/. Last accessed 06/11/2011. Google Inc.2011. Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition. Retrieved6 September 2011, from all/comptons/article-301005

Year 7 & 8 Information Literacy Programme

Year 7’s and Year 8’s have all had by now their first IL (Information Literacy) Session.

Year 7’s have an introduction to the MRC – looking at how to borrow, return resources etc.

Intro

They were then told to “get lost” in the library, and had a great opportunity to browse and start to learn their way around the MRC – most of them managed to find the shelves with their favourite topic on, and all had an opportunity to borrow their first book.MRC Image

Year 8’s have had a refresher on choosing keywords when planning their research, practising on picking alternative, narrower and wider keywords, they too had an opportunity to borrow or return resources.

keyword umbrella

Here is a link to the MRC Planner Pages.