Student Learning Outcomes for
Module #1 - Developing a Search Strategy
After this workshop, students will be able to use a Wikipedia page to help them brainstorm keywords, narrow down their topics, and identify scholarly sources from a references list.
This activity will familiarize your students with what keywords are and why they are important to use when searching in Library databases. Students will understand how to use resources like Wikipedia to help them identify relevant keywords and synonyms to use in their searches. They will also be guided in brainstorming a list of keywords for their topics. A librarian will provide feedback to each student on his or her work.
The goal of this activity is to help students design a detailed, easily-researchable, and strategic research topic using a method found in Kate Turabian's book, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, & Dissertations. Students will be guided through the process of creating a draft of their thesis statements. A librarian will provide each student with feedback on his or her work in class.