Core Competencies

Instructional Activities Mapped to Core Competencies

Full Circle Locate I

Locate I: What am I searching for?


Identify key concepts in a research question

  • DIF: Locate I.A.1
  • IL-Tech Standards for Teachers 8A: Information Literacy Skills
  • IL-Learning Goal 5A: Locate, organize and use information from various sources to answer questions, solve problems and communicate ideas
  • NETS-S 3: Research and Information Fluency

Create effective and efficient search queries by translating a natural language question into a search query(selecting initial keywords)

  • DIF: Locate I.A.2.a.i
  • IL-Tech Standards for Teachers 8A: Information Literacy Skills
  • IL-Learning Goal 5A: Locate, organize and use information from various sources to answer questions, solve problems and communicate ideas
  • NETS-S 3: Research and Information Fluency

Create effective and efficient search queries by translating a natural language question into a search query (selecting initial Boolean operators)

  • DIF: Locate I.A.2.a.ii
  • IL-Tech Standards for Teachers 8A: Information Literacy Skills
  • IL-Learning Goal 5A: Locate, organize and use information from various sources to answer questions, solve problems and communicate ideas
  • NETS-S 3: Research and Information Fluency
Full Circle Locate II

Locate II: Where will I look?


Select digital collections effectively and efficiently based on their characteristics ('visible,' 'invisible,' 'opaque,' vanishing')

  • DIF: Locate I.B.2.a, b, c
  • IL-Tech Standards for Teachers 8A: Information Literacy Skills
  • IL-Learning Goal 5A: Locate, organize and use information from various sources to answer questions, solve problems and communicate ideas
  • NETS-S 3: Research and Information Fluency
Full Circle Locate III

Locate III: How will I get there?


Use search engines efficiently (incl. estimating their probability of effectiveness)

  • DIF: Locate I.C.1.a.i
  • IL-Tech Standards for Teachers 8A: Information Literacy Skills
  • IL-Learning Goal 5A: Locate, organize and use information from various sources to answer questions, solve problems and communicate ideas
  • NETS-S 3: Research and Information Fluency

Use subject directories efficiently (incl. estimating their probability of effectiveness)

  • DIF: Locate I.C.1.a.ii
  • IL-Tech Standards for Teachers 8A: Information Literacy Skills
  • IL-Learning Goal 5A: Locate, organize and use information from various sources to answer questions, solve problems and communicate ideas
  • NETS-S 3: Research and Information Fluency

Use browsing efficiently (incl. estimating its probability of effectiveness)

  • DIF: Locate I.C.1.a.iii
  • IL-Tech Standards for Teachers 8A: Information Literacy Skills
  • IL-Learning Goal 5A: Locate, organize and use information from various sources to answer questions, solve problems and communicate ideas
  • NETS-S 3: Research and Information Fluency

Create effective and efficient search queries by developing and applying vocabulary building strategies (incl. acquiring new words in context)

  • DIF: Locate I.A.2.b
  • IL-Tech Standards for Teachers 8A: Information Literacy Skills
  • IL-Learning Goal 5A: Locate, organize and use information from various sources to answer questions, solve problems and communicate ideas
  • NETS-S 3: Research and Information Fluency

Create effective and efficient search queries by revising their search queries based on search results/feedback (selecting alternate keywords)

  • DIF: Locate I.A.2.c.i
  • IL-Tech Standards for Teachers 8A: Information Literacy Skills
  • IL-Learning Goal 5A: Locate, organize and use information from various sources to answer questions, solve problems and communicate ideas
  • NETS-S 3: Research and Information Fluency

Create effective and efficient search queries by revising their search queries based on search results/feedback (selecting alternate Boolean operators)

  • DIF: Locate I.A.2.c.ii
  • IL-Tech Standards for Teachers 8A: Information Literacy Skills
  • IL-Learning Goal 5A: Locate, organize and use information from various sources to answer questions, solve problems and communicate ideas
  • NETS-S 3: Research and Information Fluency
Full Circle Evaluate

Evaluate: How good is the information?


Evaluate the quality of a search result to determine its usefulness in addressing the natural language question (revision decision)

  • DIF: Evaluate II.A.1.a
  • IL-Tech Standards for Teachers 8B: Information Literacy Skills
  • IL-Learning Goal 5B: Analyze and evaluate information acquired from various sources
  • NETS-S 3: Research and Information Fluency

Evaluate the quality of a search result to determine the reliability of its content (internal content reliability: accuracy, timeliness, evidence, print sources, links to)

  • DIF: Evaluate II.A.2.a,b
  • IL-Tech Standards for Teachers 8B: Information Literacy Skills
  • IL-Learning Goal 5B: Analyze and evaluate information acquired from various sources
  • NETS-S 3: Research and Information Fluency

Evaluate the quality of a search result to determine the reliability of its source (author, publisher, bias, links from)

  • DIF: Evaluate II.A.3.a,b
  • IL-Tech Standards for Teachers 8B: Information Literacy Skills
  • IL-Learning Goal 5B: Analyze and evaluate information acquired from various sources
  • NETS-S 3: Research and Information Fluency
Full Circle Ethical Use

Use: How will I ethically use this information?


Decide whether or not to integrate digital information (observing copyright, citation-credit, fair use, quotations, paraphrasing, avoiding plagiarism)

  • DIF: Use III.A.1.a,b
  • IL-Tech Standards for Teachers 2H: Personal and Professional Use of Technology
  • IL-Learning Goal 5C: Apply acquired information, concepts and ideas to communicate in a variety of formats
  • NETS-S 3: Research and Information Fluency