Traditional Internet Searches
Traditional search strategies are used everyday by many students and professionals. These strategies yield results that on the surface tend to deal with the idea or concept that was searched. However, many of the resources produced provided basic explanatory information and neglect to present the reader with information that could promote a deeper understanding of the topic, including multiple perspectives and interrelated ideas.
Typical Steps in a Traditional Search:
LICRA Internet Searches
Some of the best ideas for research happen when a reader stumbles on information and allows themselves to consider the idea, make connections between the new knowledge and their own knowledge, and pursue new avenues of information. This seemingly coincidental process can be mimicked and the results tend to portray new connections and a deeper understanding and connection between concepts.
Characteristics of Open Mindset:
Before we get into the specific aspects of LICRA searching, it is important to keep a couple of things in mind as you embark on a new and unpredictable journey.
LICRA stands for learner-initiated, complex, and reciprocally adaptive research. A mouth full! Let's break it down:
Learner-initiated -- meaning the researcher has a topic in mind but decides the desired end product and the means and information retrieval it will take to get there.
***It is important to note that the researcher might not know what their research will look like, or exactly what they are looking for. This is more of a discovery experience.***
This includes composing multiple keyword phrases that would result in the desired information. A good way to go about doing this is to contemplate different views or perspectives on the topic. Think both positive and negative perspectives, and possible reactions to the topic of choice. Also, specific keyword development techniques such as using quotation marks to find exact phrases, and adding the phrase 'link:' to include backlinks (links directed toward a site) can yield better search results. Another tactic to try is researching specific websites.
Complex -- meaning there are multiple strategies and levels of research that should be employed once keyword phrases are decided and the researcher begins. This includes following all leads and questions that pop into your mind; as well as, researching the results from all perspectives on the topic.
Possible Strategies to Employ During Search Process:
--View the multiple presentations of content on the site, including images and videos.
--Take note of quoted information and where it derives. Taking note of an organization or person that has an opinion. References on the site could lead to another avenue of information regarding the topic.
--Review the research and resources used and consulted by the site. This information can provide insight into the development of the content, and the validity of the content. The research used could be directed more to your topic of interest or could lead you in a new direction.
Reciprocally Adaptive -- this is the idea that two or more topics or ideas can be connected or related in some fashion. You as a researcher should be flexible and modify your research topic and desired result. But this new connection and relationship could provide new insight regarding a topic. Flexibility with your research and it's direction is key to the development of new ideas.