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FYE: Foundations of Research (Medical Mysteries)


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?