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Research Skills

This course is currently available as E-Learning, or a private instructor-led class scheduled to suit your availabilty. You can click here to inquire further or you ask us for recommendations on similar classes.

Recommended Prerequisites

No prerequisites are required for this course.

Course Overview

In this age of information overload, it can be hard to know where to find good information that you can trust. If you’re doing research for an important project, report, or proposal, how do you find information that you can count on?

This course will teach you how to research any topic using a number of different tools. We will start with basic techniques, such as reading, memory recall, note-taking, and planning. We will also talk about creating different kinds of outlines for different stages of your project, and how to move from the outline to actual writing, editing, and polishing. Most importantly, we will talk about how to use all kinds of sources, including a library’s Dewey Decimal System, journals, and the Internet.

After you complete this course, you’ll be ready to find reliable information on any topic, and turn that information into a compelling, accurate piece of writing.

Learning Objectives

Course Outline

  1. Course Overview
  2. Why Are Research Skills Important?
  3. Basic Skills
  4. Reading and Note-Taking Techniques
  5. PARSE in Action
  6. Improving Your Recall
  7. Planning Your Research Strategy
  8. Laying the Groundwork
  9. Getting Focused
  10. Writing a Draft Outline
  11. Where to Look and What to Look For
  12. Finding Information the Old-Fashioned Way
  13. Useful Resources
  14. Understanding the Dewey Decimal System
  15. Researching with the Internet
  16. Finding the Good Stuff
  17. Mind Mapping
  18. Getting Ready to Write
  19. Putting Pen to Paper
  20. Writing Basics
  21. Documenting Your Sources
  22. Putting it Into Practice
  23. Personal Action Plan
  24. Recommended Reading List
  25. Post-Course Assessment

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