Part 2 of the tutorial consists of 3 sections (A, B & C) containing readings, videos and questions. First read through the information and watch the videos on pages 2.A, 2.B, and 2. C. When finished take the quiz at the end of section C. The content in these sections is best followed from top-to-bottom beginning with the left column.
After completing this part of the tutorial students will be able to:
The content in these sections is best followed from top-to-bottom beginning with the left column.
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Research is iterative and depends upon asking increasingly complex or new questions whose answers in turn develop additional questions or lines of inquiry in any field (Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, 2015). This statement embodies both the frustrations and satisfaction of conducting research. By researching a topic, you are entering a new world of knowledge which comes with many challenges.
While a research assignment may not be what you’ve been dreaming of, it can be rewarding, and accomplished by following some basic steps and being flexible. Throughout this tutorial we will outline ways to help you approach a research assignment. Whether you’re researching a topic for a class, or trying to decide what kind of car to buy, the process is the same.
Follow these steps to choose a topic:
Choose a topic that can be researched
Write down what you know about the topic
Conduct background research to understand how to focus your topic
List questions that you would like answered to help narrow your topic
Choose a question that is focused, interesting, and not too broad to guide your research
Is your topic something that you’re interested in?
Do you have enough time to research your topic?
Is your topic too broad or too narrow?
Do you have access to the resources you will need to research your topic?
Does your topic/question contribute a new spin on the topic?
Is your research question measurable?