Modules

  1. Avoiding Plagiarism Using APA Style (6th ed.)
  2. Avoiding Plagiarism Using MLA Style (8th ed.)
  3. Citing Sources Using APA Style (6th ed.)
  4. Citing Sources Using MLA Style (8th ed.)
  5. Conducting a Literature Review
  6. Creating a Search Strategy
  7. Evaluating Web Sites
  8. Focusing an Information Search
  9. Moving Into Discipline Specific Research
  10. Recognizing a Research Study
  11. Selecting Articles for Academic Assignments
  12. Understanding the Information Cycle

Avoiding Plagiarism Using APA Style (6th ed.)

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 (8th ed.)

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 (6th ed.)

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 (8th ed.)

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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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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