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Research as Inquiry
Research is iterative and depends upon asking new questions whose answers may develop into additional questions or lines of inquiry. Learn more.
Key sentence: Novice learners begin to acquire strategic perspectives on inquiry and a greater repertoire of investigative methods.
Learners who are developing their information literate abilities will be able to:
- formulate research questions based on information gaps or on reexamination of existing, possibly conflicting, information;
- determine an appropriate scope of the research question and identify key concepts;
- limit the scope of complex research by breaking complex questions into simple ones;
- examine found information and assess for gaps or weaknesses.
Search Strategy Worksheet
Each student has a handout that walks them through the steps to create a researchable question and select keywords.
Develop a debatable question
Student examine a topic using the who, what, when, why, how framework and assess the merits of an essay topic.