LIB736: DEVELOP TOPIC
Designed for entry-level students, this introductory course provides bite-sized exercises using a variety of library sources to show effective methods for developing quality research papers. These include brainstorming a topic, concept mapping, evaluating the validity of a topic for a paper, finding supporting evidence for a thesis statement, making effective use of evidence from online and print sources and established citation style rules regarding use published materials.
- Develop a thesis statement or research question that is researchable and narrowed for a 5-8 page paper.
- Employ concept mapping to visualize structuring and presenting supporting arguments for a writing assignment.
- Identify"researchable" topics.
- Cite from a variety of sources (e.g., journals, books, ebooks, web pages, etc) using correct MLA or APA format.
- Determine the reliability and relevancy of information sources, e.g. identify peer-reviewed journal articles, primary and secondary sources, and the credibility of web resources.