Climate Change & Global Warming

The climate is changing. The earth is warming up, and there is now overwhelming scientific consensus that it is happening, and human-induced. With global warming on the increase and species and their habitats on the decrease, chances...

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Global Financial Crisis

The global financial crisis, brewing for a while, really started to show its effects in the middle of 2007 and into 2008. Around the world stock markets have fallen, large financial institutions have collapsed or been bought out, and governments in even the wealthiest nations have had to come up with rescue packages to bail out their financial...

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Syria Unrest

Syria is one of the oldest places where civilization has thought to have started. Its capital, Damascus, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Throughout history it has seen many changes, violent and otherwise. Today it is comprised of a number of ethnic groups, mostly Arab...

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Job Satisfaction

In the world of business, there’s no short supply of leadership. Almost everyone strives to become manager, team lead, or project leader. What really separates the great leaders and the common ones? What quality does...

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15 Steps to Good Research

  1. Define and articulate a research question (formulate a research hypothesis).
    How to Write a Thesis Statement (Indiana University)
  2. Identify possible sources of information in many types and formats.
    Georgetown University Library's Guides to Resources by Subject
  3. Judge the scope of the project.
  4. Reevaluate the research question based on the nature and extent of information available and the parameters of the research project.
  5. Select the most appropriate investigative methods (surveys, interviews, experiments) and research tools (periodical indexes, databases, websites).
  6. Plan the research project.
    Overcoming Procrastination (University of Illinois)
  7. Retrieve information using a variety of methods (draw on a repertoire of skills).
  8. Refine the search strategy as necessary.
  9. Write and organize useful notes and keep track of sources.
    Taking Notes from Research Reading (University of Toronto) Ref Works
  10. Evaluate sources using appropriate criteria.
    Evaluating Internet Sources
  11. Synthesize, analyze and integrate information sources and prior knowledge.
    Georgetown University Writing Center
  12. Revise hypothesis as necessary.
  13. Use information effectively for a specific purpose.
  14. Understand such issues as plagiarism, ownership of information (implications of copyright to some extent), and costs of information.
    Georgetown University Honor Council
    Copyright Basics from the Library of Congress
    Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Recognize and Avoid It from Indiana University
  15. Cite properly and give credit for sources of ideas.
    MLA Bibliographic Form
    Turabian Bibliographic Form: Footnote/Endnote
    Turabian Bibliographic Form: Parenthetical Reference
    RefWorks

Adapted from the Association of Colleges and Research Libraries "Objectives for Information Literacy Instruction", which are more complete and include outcomes. See also the broader "Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education."

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