Research Skills


In this age of information overload, it can be hard to know where to find good information that you can trust. If you’re doing research for an important project, report, or proposal, how do you find information that you can count on?

This course will teach how to research any topic using a number of different tools, starting with basic techniques, such as reading, memory recall, note-taking, and planning. Other topics discussed include: creating different kinds of outlines for different stages of a project, how to move from the outline to actual writing, editing, and polishing; and how to use all kinds of sources, including a library’s Dewey Decimal System, journals, and the internet.

After completing this course, students will be ready to find reliable information on any topic and turn that information into a compelling, accurate piece of writing.

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Course outline

Session One: Course Overview

Session Two: Why Are Research Skills Important?

Session Three: Basic Skills

Session Four: Planning Your Research Strategy

Session Five: Where to Look and What to Look For

Session Six: Finding Information the Old-Fashioned Way

Session Seven: Researching with the Internet

Session Eight: Getting Ready to Write

Session Nine: Putting Pen to Paper

Post-Course Assessment

Personal Action Plan