English 101

Be sure to include both narrative and parenetical citations

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Today we will look at the term “research” and its meaning and implications.
Today we are going to be working on some preliminary research skills. We will look at The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education on how to think about and conduct “Academic Research.” The Framework talks about the entire concept of conducting research. Let’s look at the two ways we use the term ‘research.’
Library research is what I use in this course when I say ‘research.’ Library research is the process of inquiry that looks at primary, secondary, and tertiary sources.
Primary Source: an original research journal article
Secondary Source: a book on the topic; the synthesis of primary information on a topic
Tertiary Source: your biology textbook synthesizes secondary source information
Empirical research is “a way of gaining knowledge by means of direct and indirect observation or experience” (Wikipedia, 2019). Empirical research is the type of research you probably think of when considering scientific research. The kind of research that scientists do in the laboratory. For most of us, we cannot engage in most types of empirical research because doing this involves getting permission from the university. The university has a lot of safeguards in place to ensure the safe and ethical treatment of your research subjects. Obtaining authorization for this type of research is controlled by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). Here is the IRB information for TAMUCC: Human Subjects Research.
This semester, you will engage in library research or inquiry, not picking a “topic” and then finding five sources to support what you want to say. No. The research we will engage in is finding information to create new knowledge and exploring an area in depth to become experts on a tiny part of the conversation. Oh. There’s that analogy again. Research as conversation, which it is.
We will look at how to tell the difference between a scholarly source, a popular source, a webpage, and a journal article published on a webpage. After doing this, you will become rock stars at researching.
For today, we are going to be reading about Information Literacy. The process of inquiry. That scholarship is just conversation (where have we heard that?). The following readings are on the “Association of College Research Librarians” webpage. Read these except for the “Dispositions” sections. If you prefer, there is a link to a .pdf file of this work that you can download.
To begin the assignment, you will need to:
Complete readings linked in the lecture
Compose summaries and a synthesis of the readings,
Only the readings under “Readings.”(My part are “Information Has Value” and “Research as Inquiry” These are the ones on Information Literacy from the “Framework.”
Be sure to include both narrative and parenetical citations
Read “Writing your Reflective Essay on Research”
Reflect on what you learned from the readings and working with your group.
As part of your reflection:
Indicate your research area/question

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