Research 201

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During this active learning workshop, students will practice search strategies for an assignment. The peer review process and the value of scholarly research will be explained. Students will have the opportunity to build on their source evaluation skills through the examination of a variety of resources to determine their credibility, reliability, accuracy and relevance to their chosen research topics. Finally, students will analyze the quality of the results, followed by a revamping of the search string.

The workshop will be tailored to the subject area and/or assignment. Interactive digital tools will be used: students will complete a digital worksheet to keep a record of their searches that can also be shared in summary form with the hosting instructor.

After this tutorial, students will be able to:

  • Use Boolean operators AND/OR/NOT to construct search strings
  • Filter resources by content type (e.g., scholarly peer-reviewed articles)
  • Apply intermediate strategies for evaluating library and online resources
  • Revise keyword searches to improve results

Skill Type: Research
Level: Developmental
Delivery Method: In-class workshop
Ideal Audience: Students with some research experience (e.g., students who have completed Research 101)
Time Required:  60 minutes
Best Practice: This session is designed to be paired with a research assignment and will be tailored to your course/subject.
Technology Required: This is a hands-on workshop; a computer lab or student laptops are required.

Interested in booking a session? We invite you to reach out to your librarian.

Students can borrow the equipment listed below from the Library or Learning Commons. Bring your student card to the relevant desk to get the items.