Description: This video highlights the need for "pre-research"- making sure students know that there are appropriate sources available for their topic before they commit to that topic.
Accountability: Worksheet, (Word Doc) which has student briefly peruse different sources to help refine their research question and develop their topic.
How to Google
Assignment Activity: Video (3:23)
Description: This video provides tips to make searching with Google less overwhelming and more streamlined. Tips include how to use limiters and keywords as well as advanced search options.
Accountability: Quiz (5 questions) and Search Tips Handout (PDF)
Searching is Strategic
Assignment Activity: Video (3:15)
Description: This video gives an overview of what it takes to be a successful searcher- starting the keyword searching. Video offers tips for tracking research and modifying your search by brainstorming other keywords.
Accountability: Quiz (3 open ended questions)
Understanding Keyword Searching
Assignment Activity: Video (2:25)
Description: This video visually depicts how to turn research questions (which work in Google) into a series of keywords (which work in library databases). The development of alternative keywords to narrow & broaden a search is also covered
Accountability: Keyword Worksheet (PDF)
Developing a Research Question
Assignment Activity: Video (6:25)
Description: This video describes the difference between a research question and a thesis statement and why both are needed.
Accountability: Creating a Thesis Statement
Using Wikipedia.... or not
Assignment Activity: Video (4:38)
Description: This video describes the positive and negative aspects of Wikipedia, and also demonstrates how to use the library's reference book database, Credo Reference.
Accountability: Quiz (4 questions)
Writing assignment possibility: Compare the treatment of a topic from
1. A specialized encyclopedia, 2. A general encyclopedia or book, and 3. Wikipedia.