Tutorials

This research guide features a collection of tutorials to help you do research.

How to brainstorm a topic

brainstormPrezi Video Objective:

  • Brainstorm concepts, words, and phrases related to your research topic

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Research as Inquiry

  • Determine an appropriate scope of inquiry
  • Take a complex research project and break it down into smaller steps and question

Source: Holman Library - Green River College (2014, January 13)
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How to map an idea

Mapping Your Idea Video Objective:

  • Map research questions and their scope based on your research topic

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Research as Inquiry

  • Determine an appropriate scope of inquiry
  • Take a complex research project and break it down into smaller steps and question

Source: UCLA Library (2014, September 9)
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How to develop research questions

Developing a Research Question Video Objective:

  • Develop research questions to limit research scope and start searching for sources

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Research as Inquiry

  • Determine an appropriate scope of inquiry
  • Take a complex research project and break it down into smaller steps and question

Searching as Strategic Exploration

  • Formulate initial research questions and refine them as needed

Source: Northern Kentucky University (2014, July 28)
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How to use keywords to form a research strategy

From topic to search results in two minutes! Video Objective:

  • From a research a question, identify keywords and phrases to conduct broad and limited scope searches

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Research as Inquiry

  • Determine an appropriate scope of inquiry
  • Take a complex research project and break it down into smaller steps and question

Searching as Strategic Exploration

  • Formulate initial research questions and refine them as needed

Source: Holman Library - Green River College (2013, October 23)
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

How to develop a search phrase

DevelopSearchPhrasePrezi Video Objective:

  • From research a question, identify keywords and phrases to conduct broad and limited scope searches

Reveal related Information Literacy Frame Objectives

Research as Inquiry

  • Determine an appropriate scope of inquiry
  • Take a complex research project and break it down into smaller steps and question

Searching as Strategic Exploration

  • Formulate initial research questions and refine them as needed

Source: Holman Library - Green River College (2014, January 13)
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Develop a research strategy

How Library Stuff Works: Searching as Strategic Exploration Video Objectives:

  • Develop a research strategy
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Searching as Strategic Exploration

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Source: McMaster Libraries (2018, June 26).
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Research as inquiry

How Library Stuff Works: Research as Inquiry Video Objectives:

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Research as Inquiry

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Source: McMaster Libraries (2018, June 26)
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Research is a process

Research is a process Video Objective:

  • Discuss research as inquiry, specifically the importance of scholarly research, understanding the scholarly sources and vocabulary used in a field, developing research questions, and adding to the academic conversation with research and writing

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Authority is Constructed and Contextual

  • Define different types of authority, such as personal experience, academic expertise or professional knowledge and choose information that is appropriate for each context, whether academic discipline and assignment, professional or personal need. 

Research is Inquiry

  • Determine an appropriate scope of inquiry
  • Take a complex research project and break it down into smaller steps and question
  • Understand that research is an ongoing and open-ended process
  • Value curiosity and open mindedness

Scholarship as Conversation

  • Identify existing knowledge in a field and the contribution particular articles, books and other scholarly work make to disciplinary knowledge
  • Identify the ongoing conversation on a subject and step into that conversation at an appropriate level
  • See themselves as creators, rather than simply consumers, of information

Source: Anna Eisen (2014, June 4)
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Searching as strategic exploration

Research 101: Searching is strategic Video Objectives:

  • Use inquiry, discovery and serendipity as means to learning
  • Be tenacious and flexible in searching for the best information from a variety of sources
  • Ask for help when needed

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Searching as Strategic Exploration

  • Use inquiry, discovery and serendipity as means to learning
  • Be tenacious and flexible in searching for the best information from a variety of sources
  • Ask for help when needed

Source: Anna Eisen (2014, June 13)
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How to use this page: Start Your Research

The videos on this page provide step-by-step instructions and explanations for how to start your research.

Scroll down the page or use the navigation menu to see the different videos.