Research is a step-by-step process. In the early stages you will be looking for basic facts and general information (names, places, dates, events etc.) about your topic. During the later stages you will dive in for a closer look. at one a key figure(s), event, cause, effect, etc. Y
In this course you will need to research (find information about) some of the following topics:
Your goal is to find research materials from the perspective of an objective observer. Observers ask questions like:
Research is a process.is a process of exploration and discovery!
You are exploring bits and pieces of information about your chosen topic and discovering what they say about it. Your job as the author or author or creator is to pick and choose the information that help you put together the complete picture of what you want to convey about your topic.
Tackle your research in 2 phases.
Phase 1 - background research. This is the information you will use in the introductory section of your paper or project. Assume your reader or audience knows nothing about your topic, and you need to give them the background or context to understand and appreciate your work. Background research is about exploring and discovering:
Your goal is to take this information and use it to provide an overview of your topic for your reader or audience.
Phase 2 - focused research. In this phase you will focus in-depth in on a very specific aspect of your topic. Example -- in your background research about World War II you learned about how propaganda was used to deliberately mislead people about war crimes, but also to prop up civilian and military morale. Start again at Credo Reference, this time looking for more specific details about how propaganda was used by different governments. You may recognize parallels with "fake news" and current events decide to explore what psychological strategies are used in propaganda and why they are so effective.
Phase 2 research will be conducted using databases that provide more detailed information found in magazines and academic journals.
Doesn't taking notes just eat up a lot of time?
Think of your notes as kind of a "cheat sheet" or "cue cards" that you can revisit when you need to remember.
What's the best way of taking notes?
If you'd like some strategies or tips about note-taking, check out the LibGuide linked below.
The purpose of background research is to learn more about a broader general topic and find a specific area of the topic to focus on for your research project.
For example, you might decide to write about Buddhism. This is a HUGE topic! There's way too much information about Buddhism and all its aspects to cover in a 4-5 page paper.
Your goal at this stage is to skim for articles in the encyclopedia database, Credo Reference. Skim the list of articles, and look at the titles, descriptions, Key Concept buttons to get a feel for what type of articles are available. You are trying to get a sense of what Buddhism is all about.
To do look for the:
A great feature of Credo Reference is the Mind Map, which gives you a quick idea about the different aspects of proaganda/ The Mind Map is broken down into linkable subtopics. . Clicking on a subtopic brings up a list of articles related to the subtopic. of anything that grabs your attention to bring up the full article. Skim the article, you can read it more in depth later. No single article will provide all the information you need. Look for a minimum of 3 articles you think will give you solid background knowledge about your topic, and help you to start to narrow you focus.
The emergence of a global society in the dominant theme of the twentieth century. This course takes a chronological look at the history of important events and trends that led to the creation of global society by the end of the century. These themes include globalization, the growth of mass culture, technology, ideology/religion, and the varied responses of different cultures to the ideas and events that occurred during the twentieth century.