A humorous YouTube video that explains keyword generation and the use of Boolean operators (AND, OR, and synonyms) both visually and verbally.
Type of Material:
In class assignment or homework
Web browser and Adobe Flash
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The goal for this learning object is understand how to effectively construct a search query for doing research in library databases.
Target Student Population:
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Ideally students will have a research need (i.e., a paper assignment) as well as a topic that they have decided to research. While not obligatory, these will make comprehension/usefulness of this video much higher.
The video is accurate and efficient in explaining the use of several key concepts in constructing effective search strings. The humor and dinosaurs are just cheesy enough to be funny rather than groan-inducing, and the visual (as well as verbal) explanation of how Boolean operators work is helpful for those who learn better by seeing rather than hearing.
The video is rather long at 7 minutes. It would be more helpful if broken down into two (shorter) videos: one on the need for coming up with additional keywords/related terms, and another on the mechanics of searching with Boolean operators.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Very efficient; discusses a complex topic concisely and humorously. Builds on knowledge throughout video.
Will be most effective if students already have an assignment and research topic at hand. Not the fault of this video, but search strategy (and Boolean operators especially) doesn't tend to resonate with students unless they have an assignment in which they can immediately apply these principles.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The video is of high design quality, has a sense of humor, moves quickly but not so much as to lose the audience.
Other Issues and Comments:
A solid, effective tutorial which covers a lot of material in a short time.
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