1. Sourcing for information and researching
Skimming and Scanning:
- Reading techniques to help a reader read faster
- May lose details but is able to find main points faster
- Reading main points in the passage to get an overall impression of the content
- Titles, Subtitles, First sentence from each paragraph, last sentence from whole thing
- To find specific information quickly
- Start with a question, read to find answers
- Look for clues such as capital letters and numbers, ignore irrelevant things
Index VS Glossary
- An index is a list of words or phrases and associated pointers to where useful material relating to that heading can be found in a document or on a page.
- A glossary is an alphabetical list of terms in a particular domain of knowledge with the definitions for those terms.
How to know if a site is reliable?
- gov, VS .wordpress.com, .blogspot.com
- https:// VS http://
person with credentials from reputable institutions
Date of site:
working contact email/phone number
reputable company or association
professional look, language used is appropriate, use of official logos and terms
Links on site are working and do not lead to blank pages. Site is linked to by other reliable websites.
2. Literature Review
Direct & Indirect citations:
Jones (1998) suggests that students who …
According to Jones (1998), “Students often had difficulty…”
Critiquing a source for reliability
5 fingers test
- What is the source of the information?
- Is it accurate?
- Is it current?
- Is it relevant?
- Is it objective?
- A detailed analysis and assessment of something.
A good critique:
Points out what is good in the existing literature
Points out what could be improved in the existing literature....