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IDIS 435 (Shufelt): Overview

Library Instruction Goals

This guide can help you:

Form an approach to initiating the reserach assignment.
Explore topics for your paper or project. What motivates you?
Explore SU Library's information resources.
Start to gather information for an assignment.

+Assignment and research approach

Sometimes, a structured approach to research can help to organize ideas and the way you think about information sources:  

1. Explore topic basics (causal web searching)
2. Depth & Breadth (library catalog: books)
3. Specific scholarly "conversations" (library databases: journal articles)
4. Support your argument (source citation)
5. Drafts & revisions (research librarians & learning commons)

Topic Selection

How do you decide on a topic for a research project? Things to think about:

  • Topics that interest you
  • Class readings
  • Course reserves materials
  • Casual web searching


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