Research Skills

Research skills are vital because:

First, by learning some basic skills, you will be able to find the best resources for your research.
Second, by doing research more efficiently and with more confidence, you will be saving time, as well as reducing anxiety and frustration.
Third, these skills can be applied whenever you need to do research, whether here at the University, in later education, or to fulfill your professional or personal information needs.Information Literacy Research SkillsInformation technology skills are those needed to manipulate files and data using a computer. They consist of the following types of skills:

•            Basic computer skills
•            Computer literacy
•            Technology competencies

Information literacy is the set of skills required to find, evaluate, and use information.
•            Information literacy skills are applicable to both online information sources, which require the use of a computer, and paper information sources, such as books and periodicals.

An information-literate person has computer skills, but a computer-literate person is not necessarily information-literate

[Taken from: “University of South Dakota.” Information Literacy and the Lifelong Learner. Web. 01 Oct. 2014. <http://www.usd.edu/library/information-literacy-research-skills-page-3.cfm&gt;.]

We cannot say we are helping students to develop research skills if we solely ask the to conduct research.

Do we provide guidelines on how information is presented in different sources (magazines, journal, books, wikipedia)?

Do we inform them whether we want qualitative or quantitative data?

Do we ask them to look at case studies?

Do we encourage them to look multiple sources?

Are we up-to-date in terms of the sources where information can be found: (wikipedia, temoa, edutopia, and many other repositories)?

Do we promote a research environment where google advance search operators are utilised properly, for example?

Do we, as teachers, continue doing research to learn about what is relevant for the generations of the present? 

A lifelong learner is an information-literate person.

Ideas and Resources:
Outstanding example of Referencing Scope & Sequence by Dianne McKenzie.
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