The steps below comprise a commonsense approach that can help you find relevant, quality information–for answering a question, writing a paper, preparing a presentation, working on a lab experiment, etc.
This Information Strategy consists of the following four parts:
Evaluating information/source evaluation (video) — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrdoISWGGVk
*Research Question/Define a topic … what is the question(s) you are trying to answer? Sources here can help you —
- find topic ideas
- understand concepts
- answer fact questions
- discover search terms, phrases, and names
- focus a research question
Keyword searching: finding and identifying search terms (video) — https://youtu.be/udrtaBNFB-k
Remember, true research is rarely a straight path.
*Identify … these sources can help you find evidence to answer your question or validate/invalidate an answer.
Choosing Sources (video) — https://youtu.be/V27SUpScQKc
Science Matrix overview (video) — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfTZQxmqvDg
Science Matrix #2: unpacking primary literature (video) — https://youtu.be/ecwX-jez4lE
*Locate … if the full text is not directly available above, these are the quickest ways to check if you have access to a source —
… plus, check local resources.
*And then, evaluate again!
Questions? Please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org).