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FYE: Foundations of Research (Food for Thought)

Assignments


Exploring the Issues

Read or watch one of the selections from under 'Learn More'. In the discussion forum for this assignment answer the following questions:

  • What selection did you choose? 
  • What was the gist or main point of the video or reading? 
  • Did you learn anything new? 
  • How will you use the information from the video or reading in your research? 

Why Plan Your Search?

Read about Planning your Search

  • Fill out this document with the specifics of your project.
  • Share your search matrix with a classmate - Can they think up terms and synonyms which you didn't?
  • Does planning you search help you see if a search might be too broad or too narrow? What could you do if you had trouble finding resources?

Think, pair, share Google Image Search

Pair off with a classmate (either virtually or from a safe distance) and challenge each other to find the exact images of an item, like the boots, using keyword combinations.

  • Did adding more search terms help or hinder good results? 
  • Talk about what made this process easy or hard, and how you could improve your results.
  • Did anything about thinking about your search, before you searched, surprise you?

Mind Mapping

Watch the first 4-minutes of this video introducing Mind Mapping

  • Gather some blank paper and colored pens, pencils, markers, or crayons.
  • Try a basic mind mapping exercise with a topic for an assignment, or topic of interest.
  • This technique is especially helpful for seeing connections between different ideas or keywords, did it help you?
  • Mind mapping is also helpful in finding the gaps in your knowledge about a topic. Did you identify any gaps? How can you find additional information to complete your mind map? 
  • Did you find the different colors helpful? Did you prefer to draw images instead of write words?