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FYE: Foundations of Research (Contact: Geography, Resources, and Cultures Along Eurasia’s Historical Trade Routes)


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? 

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?

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?