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I'm here to help you prepare for your next assignment. And the rest of your classes, to be honest.
We'll talk about the inquiry process and advanced searching.
"Research" is not finding a hidden cave full of facts.
So what is it?
Let's take three minutes to talk about how you currently research things. What do you do? How do you start? How do you end?
Where do you tend to look?
How do you decide if it's good to use?
When do you know it's time to stop?
Wait: how did you even know what question you were asking?
It might surprise you, but expert writers go through that middle circle repeatedly.
Ask yourself questions in each part to help you move along!
The Seattle Community Colleges's research process puzzle shows evaluation as central.
aka "I'm happy for you & I'm gonna let you finish
but I need to get this paper done"
The Library can help most with the first three parts.
Here's some great places to start!
Let's work on developing the keywords for your search.
Let's try searching for books related to our topic.
How did this go? Let me know at https://bit.ly/cwilif!
Please schedule an appointment with a CWI Librarian if you'd like further research assistance.
You can also get help from the College of Western Idaho Libraries through our online chat, our FAQ pages, calling or texting us, and email!
Thank you for your time!
"Pulling a book off the shelf" photo by Bennington College's Crossett Library with a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.
Blakeslee, S. (2004). The CRAAP test. LOEX Quarterly, 31(3), 6-7. Retrieved from https://commons.emich.edu/loexquarterly/vol31/iss3/4.
"Purpose" photo by Seth Sawyers with a CC BY 2.0 license and given some minimal filtering by Ryan.