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Athletic Training: ATH 200

Research Assignment

Below you will find the Module for your research assignment. There are three sections. Each has valuable information as well as several short videos for you to work through to prepare you for the quiz.

The purpose of this Module is to

  1. Introduce you to information sources
  2. Define basic research terms
  3. Provide you with an understanding of the research process
  4. Develop your ability to become a knowledgeable information consumer and producer

To complete this module you will need to work through all three sections Research Process, Critical Literacy, & Information Ethics. There will be a quiz in class on this material.

Research Module

Information Literacy

What is information literacy and why do you need to know about it? Information Literacy describes someone who is able to recognize when information is needed, and they have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information to learn, understand, explain, or teach.

This process can seem daunting when starting out. Through these three modules we will break down the pieces of Information Literacy and learn how each can help us to learn and succeed doing research.

Within these three modules we will be looking closely at:

RESEARCH & LIBRARY SKILLS
CRITICAL LITERACY
& INFORMATION ETHICS

Research Process


First lets begin by looking at the Research Process. The process of research can sometimes be shown as a step by step process however, it is anything but a simple linear set of tasks. Note how the diagram below shows the research steps can be accomplished in several different orders. Making the realization that the research process is cyclical in nature and is not something you can sit down and do in a matter of two or three hours is key.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WATCH: Picking Your Topic Is Research, found below, to see this process in action.

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Follow the link below to complete an interactive activity that will teach you what boolean logic is and how to use it in your searching

 

Continue on with the second section of this module. It can be found under the tabs at the top labeled Critical Literacy.

Critical Literacy

Critical literacy - is an instructional approach that advocates the adoption of "critical" perspectives toward text. It encourages readers to actively analyze texts and offers strategies for what proponents describe as uncovering underlying messages.

Watch the two following videos Evaluating Sources &  Reading Articles as they will discuss in more detail engaging with research sources while applying critical literacy.

 

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Evaluating Websites 

Accuracy Authority Objectivity Currency Coverage

Is what the author is presenting a sound argument?

Are they leaving information out that is important to the discussion of the topic

Who wrote the page and can you contact him or her?

Is this person qualified to write this document?

Are the author(s) credentials or affiliations listed?

Check the document URL: What institution or organization published this document? Where?

Is the information presented in the document cited correctly in a bibliography or reference list?

What is the purpose of the document and why was it produced?

What goals/objectives does this page meet?

How detailed is the information?

What opinions (if any) are expressed by the authors?

Can you detect bias from the information given?

When was it produced?

When was it updated?

How up-to-date are the links? Are there dead links?

Is the page content outdated?

Can you access the information required?

Is the Information locked behind a ‘paywall’ or login requirements?

Is the information provided thorough?

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After completing this section continue on to finish the final stage of the module under the Information Ethics tab.

Information Ethics

Information ethics - is defined as the relationship between the creation, organization, dissemination, and use of information, and the ethical standards and moral codes governing human conduct in society.

Watch the video below on the importants of citing your sources.

Also be aware that the library will provide assistance with any of your citation questions. You can find citation templates under the  Citation Guides section.

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