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The information navigator displays an applied knowledge of information skills. Using these skills, they can: determine the most suitable information sources for their need, create an appropriate search strategy using relevant keywords and other search techniques, apply these skills in practice, critically evaluate potentially useful sources of information, and use appropriate online tools/software to aid information management.
Issuer:Coventry University
  1. Task 1 Create a good quality search strategy

    An information navigator knows how to put a search strategy together. They are able to identify alternative keywords and are aware of a range of searching techniques, including using truncation and phrase searching where appropriate. They understand the use of Boolean operators and can apply appropriate inclusion/exclusion to their search strategy.

    'Help with developing a question and thinking about keywords'

    'Help on phrase searching, truncation and wildcards'

    'Help on using Boolean operators'

    Evidence: Write a plan for a search strategy demonstrating a knowledge of the techniques outlined above. Word count: 200 (approx.)

  2. Task 2 Conduct a literature search on a database covering journal literature appropriate to your subject

    An effective information navigator is able to carry out a search strategy on appropriate electronic sources, applying established search techniques as required.

    'Help on carrying out a search on a database'

    Evidence: Demonstrate these skills by providing screen shots of your database search strategy and the search results retrieved.

  3. Task 3 Carry out an evaluation of a website

    An information navigator needs to be critical when looking at information sources, particularly when they might be referring to them in their academic work or using them in a work setting. This can be particularly important in relation to freely available information e.g. websites.

    'How to know if a source is reliable'

    Evidence: Write a 200 word (approx.) reflection of your thoughts about the quality of the information on a website relevant to your subject area. You should include a discussion of your evaluation criteria.

  4. Task 4 Manage relevant information sources with RefWorks

    Another important trait of the information navigator is the ability to manage the information they have located. Today there are many online tools and software products which can help you make this task easier, RefWorks is one of these.

    Use RefWorks to manage relevant information sources retrieved and create reference lists in a particular referencing output style.

    This task requires you to have set up a RefWorks account; export references from a database search into your account; organise these references with the use of the folder function in RefWorks; and finally create a reference list from one of your folders.

    If you need a refresher or a guide on how to do this, watch the 'Learn to use RefWorks in 20 minutes' playlist on the RefWorks YouTube channel.

    Evidence: Demonstrate the acquisition of these skills by either: screen capturing each of the tasks outlined above or provide print outs of the different tasks.

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