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ACP 101

Researching Basics

Let's Practice What We Have Learned

ACP 101 Information Literacy Assignment
 (See the Start Your Research library guide for help)

1. Identify your Topic:

2. Write 3 Research Question(s)/Thesis Statement(s):

            a.

            b.

            c.

3. Write Keywords (1, 2, 3) for each of the above Research Questions/Thesis Statements.

a.

1.

2.

3.

b.

1.

2.

3.

c.

1.

2.

3.

4. Write Synonyms or Related Ideas for each of the keywords in Question 3.

a.

1.

2.

3.

b.

1.

2.

3.

c.

1.

2.

3.

5. Create a search string using Boolean Operators (look at the example)

Search Strategy:

Formulate a search strategy using Boolean operators to connect your keywords and synonyms.

*Combine synonyms with OR.

* Combine keywords with AND.

Concept A

teenage

OR

adolescent

OR

teens

AND

Concept B

girls

OR

female

OR

“teenage girls”

AND

Concept C

“video games”

OR

“online games”

OR

Nintendo

Now it's your turn. Put in the keywords and synonyms you have chosen.

Search Strategy :

Formulate a search strategy using Boolean operators to connect your keywords and synonyms.

*Combine synonyms with OR.

* Combine keywords with AND.

Concept A

OR

OR

AND

Concept B

OR

OR

AND

Concept C

OR

OR

6. Find 3 sources to research your topic. They must include:

a. A background resource from the library databases (See Finding Background Information page)

b. Two scholarly journal article (See Finding Scholarly Resources page)

7. Create a reference list for your 3 resources. Make sure the citations and the list are formatted correctly. You will copy and paste the citations on the bottom of the assignment sheet. (See the Citations page for citation examples in different styles). The assignment will be emailed to banderson17@roosevelt.edu. The email subject is ACP 101 (instructor's last name)

You will be graded using the following rubric:

Novice

1 pt

Developing

2 pts

Proficient

3 pts

Accomplished

4 pts

Acquires Research Strategy

Unable to narrow research question to find information for assignment

Understands assignment and can identify appropriate keywords.

Can expand search by identifying synonyms to search words

Knows what keywords and phrases to use for an efficient search

Implements Search For Resources

Uses keywords for searching

Shows how to limit or expand search by modifying keywords

Is able to narrow or expand search by using Boolean search terms and/or search shortcuts

Uses advanced search techniques (found on library database search) and/or advanced web search techniques to narrow or expand search

Collects Resources

Recognizes different formats and types of resources

Correctly collects 1 of the 3 required formats of resources

Correctly collects 2 of the 3 required formats of resources

Correctly collects all 3 of the required formats of resources

Cites Resources

Correctly cites one of the resources.

Correctly cites two of the resources

Correctly cites three of the resources

Correctly cites three of the resources and the list is formatted correctly

Assignment Handouts