Have you always wanted to know how to carry out better searches and find the most appropriate resources? Are you confused about the different research methods? What does it mean to be information literate?
The Association of College & Research Libraries defines information literacy as “the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning" (Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education). In other words, you are able to determine what information will be needed and have the ability to locate, access, evaluate, use and communicate information effectively and responsibly.
The 77 bite-sized videos that make up the two courses will allow you to quickly grasp concepts such as primary versus secondary sources, scholarly versus popular publications, quantitative versus qualitative research and how to select appropriate data collection tools, to better equip you to tackle your next assignment or research project with confidence.
Information Literacy. Duration: 1h 47m
Learn about the different types of resources (35m), how to plan and improve your search strategies (25m) and evaluate the resources you are using (22m), what is copyright and plagiarism (9m), how to cite sources (11m), and more.
Learning Design Research. Duration: 2h 57m
Learn about the different research methods (25m) and research tools (57m), e.g., the difference between surveys and interviews, how to craft a research plan (27m) and synthesize and present your findings (35m), and more.
While the course is directed at the research process for designers, the research methods and tools covered are relevant to all.
Ready to explore more?
Use SAGE Research Methods to explore research methods, concepts and design research projects. This database also contains a vast collection of related books, reference content, cases and practice datasets. You can access this as well as other library databases and e-collections from Databases A-Z.
For those of you using APA citation style for your assignments, check out our research guide on APA citation.
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