This Course will teach you how to research any topic using a number of different tools. We will start with basic techniques, such as reading, memory recall, note-taking, and planning. We will also talk about creating different kinds of outlines for different stages of your project, and how to move from the outline to actual writing, editing, and polishing. Most importantly, we will talk about how to use all kinds of sources, including a library’s Dewey Decimal System, journals, and the Internet.
After you complete this course, you’ll be ready to find reliable information on any topic, and turn that information into a compelling, accurate piece of writing.
This Course will help you Understand how to:
Identify the benefits to proper research and documentation
Read for maximum information retention and recall
Take effective notes
Plan a research strategy
Identify and use various types of research sources
Create preliminary and final outlines
Use style guides and be able to identify the most common styles
Document and attribute your work to ensure you don’t plagiarize
Why Are Research Skills Important?
Planning Your Research Strategy
Where to Look and What to Look For
Finding Information the Old-Fashioned Way
Researching with the Internet
Getting Ready to Write
Putting Pen to Paper