Modules

  1. Avoiding Plagiarism Using APA Style
  2. Avoiding Plagiarism Using MLA Style
  3. Citing Sources Using APA Style
  4. Citing Sources Using MLA Style
  5. Conducting a Literature Review
  6. Creating a Search Strategy
  7. Evaluating Web Sites
  8. Focusing an Information Search
  9. Managing References Using RefWorks
  10. Maximizing Google Scholar Searches
  11. Moving Into Discipline Specific Research
  12. Recognizing a Research Study
  13. Selecting Articles for Academic Assignments
  14. Understanding the Information Cycle

Avoiding Plagiarism Using APA Style

20 minutes

Objective: Students will be able to identify what constitutes plagiarism in their academic work and how to avoid the common causes of plagiarism when they use:

  • direct quotes,
  • paraphrased text,
  • or summarized text.
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Avoiding Plagiarism Using MLA Style

20 minutes

Objective: Students will be able to identify what constitutes plagiarism in their academic work and how to avoid the common causes of plagiarism when they use:

  • direct quotes,
  • paraphrased text,
  • or summarized text.
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Citing Sources Using APA Style

30 minutes
Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate how to apply APA (6th edition) references and parenthetical citations for:

  • books,
  • articles from print journals,
  • articles from electronic journals, and
  • information found on the Web.
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Citing Sources Using MLA Style

30 minutes
Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate how to apply MLA (7th edition) references and parenthetical citations for:

  • books,
  • articles from print journals,
  • articles from electronic journals, and
  • information found on the Web.
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Conducting a Literature Review

30 minutes
Objective: Students will be able to analyze the steps in conducting a comprehensive literature review.

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Creating a Search Strategy

20 minutes
Objective: Students will be able to plan a search strategy using subject databases including basic broadening and narrowing techniques, such as:

  • identifying keyword terms,
  • using AND and OR,
  • and using synonyms and related terms.
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Evaluating Web Sites

20 minutes
Objective: Students will be able to evaluate the reliability of web sites based on five criteria:

  • authority,
  • accuracy,
  • objectivity,
  • coverage, and
  • currency.
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Focusing an Information Search

30 minutes
Objective: Using advanced search strategies in a library database, students will be able to demontrate how to focus an information search by applying strategies that include:

  • exact phrases,
  • subject terms,
  • combining subject terms and keyword terms,
  • and truncation.
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Managing References Using RefWorks

30 minutes
Objective: Students will be able to manage references for academic assignments using RefWorks.

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Maximizing Google Scholar Searches

30 minutes
Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate how to maximize Google Scholar searches using:

  • Scholar Preferences,
  • Advanced Scholar Search options, and
  • Google Scholar search results links.
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Moving Into Discipline Specific Research

30 minutes
Objective:  Students will be able to evaluate effective strategies for locating topic-related, academic sources using article citations and research tools such as library databases and Google Scholar.

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Recognizing a Research Study

30 minutes
Objective: Students will be able to classify an original research study using the following criteria:

  • structure of a study,
  • quality of the references,
  • author’s credentials,
  • publishing or distribution status,
  • and sponsoring organization.
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Selecting Articles for Academic Assignments

30 minutes
Objective: Students will examine four characteristics relating to popular and scholarly articles to determine which type of article is suitable for a given academic assignment.

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Understanding the Information Cycle

30 minutes
Objective: Given a research assignment and topic, students will be able to select the appropriate type of information source based on knowledge of the information cycle.

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