The key to obtaining good information for your project is to develop an effective and systematic search strategy. Search strategies are based on a clear understanding of the relationships between the primary and secondary concepts of your topic and a working knowledge of the terms that describe these concepts.
This module will guide you in identifying:
The Information Skills Modules can be used independently of one another. However, before you begin this module you will need the know the following:
If you do not yet have a topic, a thesis statement or organizing principle and have not yet formulated research questions about your topic, the information in Choosing and focusing a topic will be helpful to you.
If you do not know which access tools to use, the information in Selecting information resources will be helpful to you.
The end product of this module is a working bibliography of relevant and potentially useful articles, books, graphics, statistics, web sites, etc. Although nothing will have been physically retrieved, you should have a list of relevant and potentially useful items.
After completing this unit, you will be able to: