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.
Identify the benefits of proper research and documentation
Read for maximum information retention and recall
Take effective notes
Plan a research strategy
Identify and use various types of research sources
Create preliminary and final outlines
Know how to use style guides and be able to identify the most common styles
Document and attribute your work to ensure you don’t plagiarize
Why Are Research Skills Important?
Reading and Note-Taking Techniques
PARSE in Action
Improving Your Recall
Planning Your Research Strategy
Laying the Groundwork
Writing a Draft Outline
Where to Look and What to Look For
Finding Information the Old-Fashioned Way
Understanding the Dewey Decimal System
Researching with the Internet
Finding the Good Stuff
Getting Ready to Write
Putting Pen to Paper
Documenting Your Sources
Putting it Into Practice
Personal Action Plan
Recommended Reading List
This course has been recognized by the following professional bodies as a recognized continuous professional development activity for their members:
Australian Natural Therapy Association (ANTA)
Acupuncture and Complementary Medicine Association of Australasia (ACMAA)