From the CCC: "In the Foundation Seminar and in many other courses students have achieved basic competency in finding, analyzing, evaluating, and effectively using various sources of information. Courses in the major will build on these skills and introduce students to field-specific information retrieval techniques and to critical evaluation of content as customary in the field."
Designed by the Writing Program at Capella University, this diagram shows just how intertwined the research and writing process are. Research is an iterative process, not a one-time event, and must be an integral part of the writing process.
Generating keywords for searches
To help students come up with keywords for their research, have them follow these steps:
Write out a topic in a sentence or two, and then circle the key concepts.
Brainstorm for keywords. One approach to brainstorming is to create a concept map, either with pen and paper, or via free online programs such as Bubbl.us or Text 2 Mind Map.
Experiment with different combinations of terms when searching databases.