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The purpose of this guide is to assist you in researching topics related to your program, and to help you with:
- building a good search strategy
- narrowing or expanding that search
- selecting the best databases for your research topic
- locating specific documents
- evaluating information
My name is Ana Maria Ferrinho and I am the librarian responsible for this guide. If you have any research questions feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Number: RA 440.85 R83 2014
1. Choose a Topic
2. Find Background Information & Keywords
3. Construct a search strategy
4. Find Journal Articles - identify databases
5. Use Google to Find Grey Literature
6. Cite the search results
7. Appraise Critically– evaluate
The Library offers the Information Literacy and Digital Citizenship modules to help you quickly build your digital skills for study and work. Each module is individually badged when successfully completed. The Library also has a makerspace where you will find tools for specific tasks and will develop skills for using digital resources.
- Information essentials — The purpose of this online course is to help you recognize when and what type of information is needed, search for it, have the ability to locate, evaluate and use the needed information effectively and legally (referencing). It also has a module on fake news.
- Digital Citizenship — The purpose of this online course is to help you explore the human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and to practice legal and ethical behaviour. It has a module on plagiarism.
- Media Works — is a a creative space and makerspace, with industry standard equipment, and professional guidance from our team to help you with video, audio, presentations, posters, 3D models, coding, etc.
Adapted from "Digital Essentials" by University of Queensland Library Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Searching for literature and understanding how that interlinks with writing up your findings and influencing new ideas for your research is a vital skill. The graphic above may help you to understand these processes and how they are inter-linked.
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