Join Elsa Loftis for an in-depth discussion in this video How to clarify your topic, part of Information Literacy.
- Often the early stages of research are exploratory.…You will have to make adjustments…and sometimes change course entirely,…ending up somewhere completely different…from where you thought you were going…when you started out.…The reason your inquiry can change…is because you first have to get a sense…of what's out there,…what's already been written about your topic.…I hope that when you start a research project…you've chosen to study something that you find interesting.…That's gonna make this process much more enjoyable to you,…so follow your passions.…The parameters of your assignment…will affect how much you need to do…in terms of research and writing.…
Is this a 10 page paper?…A brief essay?…Or perhaps something far more extensive.…Has your instructor given you certain limitations?…Such as you must use at least three peer reviewed…or primary sources in your research.…Having some awareness of the final product…will help you chart your road map to successful research…and ultimately the act of putting your thoughts…
Artist or designer? Elsa explains how creative professionals can use informational searches for inspiration and professional development. Whatever your background, this course is designed to help you become a better, faster, and more thorough researcher.
- Understanding the information cycle
- Working with books, periodicals, databases, and web resources
- Identifying your information needs
- Choosing search terms
- Evaluating resources
- Citing sources
Skill Level Intermediate
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1. Types of Resources
2. Search Strategies
3. Resource Evaluation
4. Ethical Use of Information
6. Information Literacy for Art and Design
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