As databases and Internet search engines continue to become increasingly user-friendly, the need for Boolean operator skills seems to have waned but in reality, the amount of online information is skyrocketing as thousands of articles are uploaded each day. Bridging familiar activities with new Boolean operator skills sets the stage for a smooth introduction for students and creates a strong foundation for the retention of those skills. Using the simple task of ordering from a restaurant menu to demonstrate to students they already have the skills to do successful online searching, the South-of-the-Border Boolean lesson plan connects everyday tasks and scholarly application, while boosting confidence in students. This article will begin with a brief literature review, followed by an introduction of the lesson plan, including student learning outcomes, assessment, and unexpected results.
Blackburn, Heidi, "South-of-the-Border Boolean: Teaching Search Strategies with the Value Menu" (2012). Criss Library Faculty Proceedings & Presentations. 19.
Presented at the Kansas College and University Library System Fall Conference in Manhattan, Kansas.
This presentation was originally published in the Kansas Library Association College and University Libraries Section Proceedings.