Practical Steps to Digital Research

Strategies and Skills for School Libraries

by Deborah B. Stanley


Give students greater access to information with this practical guide to teaching the digital research process.

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July 2018

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 301
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Librarian's Instructional Role/Curriculum and Instruction, K-12
  Research Methods, Statistics, and Data/Research Methods

This hands-on approach to teaching digital research skills breaks down each research skill into simple, targeted steps that enable students to research more deeply and to accomplish real-world tasks.

Today's rapidly diversifying digital world provides easy access to information, making it increasingly important that students know how to conduct research online. In this book, you'll learn how to transition your instruction of the research process from a print context to a digital one, and to expand your own knowledge of how to best assist students at all stages of their research.

Using six well-defined steps that she developed in her 26 years of experience as a school librarian, Deb Stanley provides practical strategies for each of the six steps of the research process accompanied by easily used and replicated lessons and handouts that are applicable and adaptable to all grade levels K-12. Step-by-step instruction, links to Common Core state standards, and ideas to help students succeed at each stage of the research process makes this title a must-have for any school librarian.


  • Outlines a concise six-step process for teaching digital research skills
  • Engages students in the research process with practical hands-on lessons
  • Proposes research strategies that meet the needs of students at all grade levels
  • Introduces lessons with background relating to specific skills
  • Prepares students to conduct digital research throughout the remainder of their education
Author Info

Deborah B. Stanley is a retired teacher librarian with 26 years' experience in school libraries at elementary, middle, and high schools in Central and Southern California. She is the author of three Libraries Unlimited titles: Practical Steps to the Research Process for Elementary Schools, Practical Steps to the Research Process for Middle Schools, and Practical Steps to the Research Process for High Schools. She maintains two websites on the research process and the research process in a digital world, respectively. She was awarded the highest honor for lifetime achievement by the California School Library Association.



"Densely packed with information and resources, this volume gives middle and high school librarians, particularly those new to the topic, everything they need to teach digital research skills."School Library Journal

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