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This module covers why information literacy skills matter and how to get started with a research project, including understanding the process, choosing a topic, and beginning research.
Getting Started with Research
Tutorial: Why Information Literacy Matters
Use this tutorial to learn how information literacy is relevant to your day-to-day life. Become familiar with your own information seeking habits, privilege, and skills used in your personal, academic, and professional lives.
Video: Life in the Information Age
Technology is changing the way we locate, analyze, and share information. Use this video to learn about the evolving information landscape and your role as a responsible information consumer and creator.
Video: The Research Process Part 1 (Pre-Research) and Part 2 (In-Depth Research, Outlining, and Writing
Use this video to demonstrate the value of pre-research. SLearn how to align your initial exploration to your assignment requirements.
Tutorial: Developing a Research Focus
In this tutorial, you will be introduced to pre-research techniques to determine the scope and depth of your research focus.
Tutorial: Choosing a Topic
Background research is an essential component of the research process. In this tutorial, students will learn how to differentiate between background and in-depth research, and locate and use background research to refine their research focus.
Video: How to Narrow Your Topic
Do you have trouble selecting a topic for a research assignment? This video will outline the process to help you hone in on a compelling research topic with appropriate scope using strategies like strategic searching. You will also understand the importance of open mindedness and flexibility in the research process.
Tutorial: Background Research Tips
Determining a manageable research question can be challenging. Use this tutorial to learn strategies for aligning a research focus with assignment guidelines and research tools such as concept maps.
Video: Beginning Research with Wikipedia/Google Part 1 (Getting Started with Wikipedia/Google) and Part 2 (Transitioning from Google/Wikipedia to Databases)
This video will help you understand the process of background research by introducing techniques for gathering background information using Google and Wikipedia.
Video: Thesis Statements
Use this video to learn how to identify the purpose of your research efforts and construct evidence-based statements. Learn how to narrow in on a topic, conduct background research, and synthesize the existing body of evidence in order to craft a compelling argument.
Tutorial: Scholarship as Conversation
Use this tutorial to learn how to develop a scholarly mindset. In this tutorial, you will learn how your projects help build the body of work in a given field. Additionally, you will become familiar with the process of attribution and critical evaluation.
Tutorial: Research for Persuasive Writing
This tutorial will introduce you to the purpose and characteristics of persuasive writing in order to locate and select the most appropriate types of evidence to support your assignments. You will also be able to evaluate both supporting and conflicting evidence in order to incorporate the appropriate types of evidence that will strengthen your position and present a nuanced view of their selected topic.
Video: Creating a Research Plan
Information overload can be a major roadblock in the research process. This video will help you conceptualize a research pathway and consider solutions to common research challenges.
Video: Framing a Problem
If you are having trouble formulating a research question for assignments, start with this video to help you begin the framing a problem. You will learn the importance of asking open-ended questions and how to approach research as a process.
For Students, Staff, and Faculty:
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