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ENGL 1101 Research
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ResearchSMART

Find / Evaluate / Use Information

  • Identify your research / information need
  • Search library databases & other credible sources
  • Evaluate sources
  • Cite or document sources

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Research and Information Literacy (RAIL)

  • FIND information
  • EVALUATE information
  • USE information

Employers want candidates with these skills:*

  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Information Skills

Finding, evaluating, and using information involves critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills. Develop research and information literacy skills for success at school, at work, and in life.

*Hart Research Associates: Falling Short? College Learning & Career Succes 2015

Library Workshops

Research Tips

Research Tips

Read your assignment
Read the assignment instructions carefully – more than once! This will help you understand the work you need to do. Highlight topic guidelines, required length, and the types of information sources allowed.

Brainstorm possible search terms
Break up long phrases into separate search terms.

ANDs and ORs and NOTs
Combine your search terms with connecting terms (called "Boolean operators"). Use AND to narrow a search and OR to broaden a search.

Do preliminary searches before settling on a topic
Don't assume there will be a lot of information on your topic. Do a few searches before committing to a topic. You may find that you need to narrow or broaden your topic.

Focus on credible sources
Use credible sources from articles databases in GALILEO. Scholarly or peer-reviewed sources are typically not freely available on the Web and cannot be found by searching Internet search engines like Google or Yahoo.

Books vs. articles
Books may be helpful for background information and for familiarizing yourself with a topic. Articles can provide more current information and typically address a very narrow piece of a topic. The scope of your assignment will determine what types of sources are best.

Keep a log of your search process
Keep track of what sources and search terms "work" and which ones do not. 

Cite as you go
Even if you're not sure whether you will use a source, it's much easier to note the citation information up front than to decide you need it later!

ENGL 1101 Library Workshop Worksheet

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