Conclusion

info1.JPG This concludes Tutorial #1: Defining an Information Need. In this module, you learned:

  • The meaning of the term "information need"
  • The steps taken to clarify and describe an information need: 1. Gather background information, 2. Focus the topic, 3. Choose a research question, 4. Identify key terms, 5. Identify a variety of appropriate sources.
  • The reasons for each of these steps

You also acquired the following skills:

  • Identify characteristics and examples of general information sources.
  • Arrange topics from broad to narrow.
  • Identify characteristics and examples of open-ended research questions.
  • Identify characteristics and examples of well-defined research questions.
  • Identify characteristics and examples of current vs. historical, primary vs. secondary, and popular vs.scholarly sources.

 

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