This research guide includes limited information and most of the BlackBoard links that were used in my course IFT 106--Using the Internet for Research.
I welcome comments and suggestions for additional Websites to include here and in class.
What you are learning here is something called Information Literacy. It consists of four parts:
- Define your information needs.
- Indentify source of available information.
- Analyze and evaluate information sources.
- Understand the legal, economic and social issues surrounding information and use information ethically.
Points to Remember
Most of the information that is out on the Internet is not retrieved by search engines.
Good information has a price. You paid for access to GOOD sources here at Rollins--use them!
If research was easy they'd call it fun instead.
Chosing a Research Topic
Select a topic that interests you
Read through background informationMake a list of key words
Write out your topic as a statement and select the main concepts
Make a list of alternate, related words to describe your topic to use as additional keywords
Determine the most appropriate database or books in which to do your research