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bibliographic instruction: authority control


bibliographic instruction: authority control

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This bibliographic instruction lab will help students conducting research in academic research databases improve their search results by utilizing the library concept of authority control. The goal of this lesson is to take existing student information seeking behaviors such as the ability to conduct a key word relevance ranked search and to reorient that behavior around the library concept of authority control using this goal-directed instructional design plan. 
Technical Format: PDF
Date Added to MERLOT: November 06, 2012
Date Modified in MERLOT: January 02, 2013
Submitter: S P
Keywords: authority control, search, research database, access, MSU MAET, research, bibliographic instruction


  • Editor Review avg: 3 rating
  • User Rating: 4 user rating
  • Discussion (3 Comments)
  • Learning Exercises (none)
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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed
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Language: English
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Avatar for Christopher Munn
1 year ago

Christopher Munn (Teacher (K-12))

This lesson plan should meet the objective of helping students be more efficient at conducting online research. The instructor might need to clarify some key terms at the beginning, such as authority control (I actually had to do my own search on what that meant). But the lesson is solid and engaging. It gives the students visual evidence and the differences between poor and excellent search results and the assessment is both relevant and attainable.

Technical Remarks:

No problems.

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes

Avatar for Emily Mullins
1 year ago

Emily Mullins (Staff)

This lesson is designed to engage students in the research process, and to conduct research in "academic research databases improve their search results by utilizing the library concept of authority control." The lesson itself is easy to follow and make sense once completed. Its goal is to make research and citing much more efficient and effective. There may need to be more information given based on what authority control actually means/implies. Perfect for the target audience. 

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes

Avatar for Jason Simpson
1 year ago

Jason Simpson (Teacher (K-12))

The focus of this lesson is to improve research that is conducted in academic research data bases getting better results be using the "library concepts of authority control". This lesson is easy to follow and explains the steps needed to be followed to complete the lesson objective. The lesson guides students through the process of the concept and that has them practice the skills they learned along the way. Overall this lesson combined technology and classroom environment to successfully teach the students.

Technical Remarks:

No technical issues to report

Time spent reviewing site: Approximately 10 minutes reviewing lesson