September 9, 2015
- Thursday, September 10 at 9:45 in LB311: SLS1301 with John
Week of September 14
- Monday, September 14 at 9:30 in SS104: Western Civ II with Wendy
- Monday, September 14 at 11:00 in SS104: Western Civ I with Wendy
- Monday, September 14 at 12:30: American History with Wendy
- Monday, September 14 at 5:30: Nutrition with John
Teaching Connectors (AKA Boolean operators)
Consider introducing connectors when teaching advanced search in databases. The databases will do the work, but students need to understand the power behind these three words.
Hands-on and interactive
Ask students to "stand up" based on connector search phrases such as who has on
- glasses AND flip flops?
- glasses OR flip flops?
- glasses NOT flip flops?
Pass out oversized playing cards (available from Connie), ask students to "stand up" if their card meets the following criteria
- is red AND has a face
- is red OR has a face
- is red NOT a face
Have students predict search results based on using connectors in a database search. Students log on to search and test their predictions.
Following an introduction to connectors, students will create a search phrase using topic key words and connectors to retrieve 1 article in a library database.
After classroom exercises, students will identify the correct connector to be used in order to obtain the greatest* number of results. *fewest or other criteria
Here is an example using Google Forms, the Connector Quiz.
BONUS: Try it! After your response has been recorded, click to "see previous responses."
How could you use the results of this activity?