Basic Research Skills

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Course Description

"Basic Research Skills" teaches you how to determine what you need to know when you need to know it. With all of the information readily available today, it's difficult to decipher good information from bad information. Instead of turning to an Internet search engine for all of your information, there are other sources that can help you learn what you need to learn – quickly and accurately. This course will cover library use, the Dewey Decimal System, dictionary use, thesaurus use, encyclopedias, Internet search engines, Internet news resources, Internet publications, journals, and bibliographies.  

With this information, you can research any topic, no matter the purpose or the goal. Instead of simply looking in one place for the answer you need, why not learn how to use all of the tools available? The more you know, the more you can use this information in your everyday life.

"Basic Research Skills" includes real life strategies to help you learn where you need to look for information and how you can be certain the information is accurate.

Each of the 11 lessons include 5 True and False questions and 5 multiple choice questions at the end of each section. These questions are designed to ensure you retain the main concepts before you move onto a new lesson. In each lesson, you will learn what the selected research skill is, how to use it, and other tips as to how to improve your researching abilities.

With "Basic Research Skills," you will be able to find information in a variety of ways, ensuring no question goes unanswered.

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Why Research Is Important

Though the Internet is a valuable tool, it is not the only research skill a person needs in order to find the facts. 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: Company Research
  • Take Poll: Research
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Why Research Is Important

Lesson 2: Library Use

Though it might sound strange, many people have forgotten about using the library. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Take Poll: Libraries
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Library Use

Lesson 3: Dewey Decimal System

Organizing reference books is difficult when there is no system. While some people might prefer books to be organized by authors, when you are organizing reference books. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Dewey Decimal System

Lesson 4: A Dictionary

Many people may not think about a dictionary as being a reference book, but it can help you begin to understand not only the words you might not know, but also how they can be used in a paper, project, or article. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: How to Use a Dictionary; Using Reverse Dictionaries for Keyword Research
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: A Dictionary

Lesson 5: A Thesaurus

Like a dictionary, a thesaurus can help you to expand the way that you discuss your topic. A thesaurus contains groupings of words that are collected in terms of their meaning. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: The Visual Thesaurus
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: A Thesaurus

Lesson 6: Encyclopedias, Almanacs, and Atlases

Before the time of the Internet, there were other ways one could research specific topics. 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: The Farmer's Almanac; Using Reference Skills
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Encyclopedias, Almanacs, And Atlases

Lesson 7: Internet Search Engines

The Internet is often the first place many people go when they need to do research. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: How Internet Search Engines Work; Comparing Search Engines; Advantages/Disadvantages
  • Take Poll: Search Engines
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Internet Search Engines

Lesson 8: Internet News Sources

When you get online in the morning, one of the first things you might do is go onto a news site to find out what has happened in the world. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Set up Google Alerts
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Internet News Sources

Lesson 9: Internet Magazines, Blogs, and Images

Research is not always about gathering facts. Sometimes you need to do research in order to formulate an opinion about a topic. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Evaluating Blog Credibility; Journal Seek
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Internet Magazines, Blogs, And Images

Lesson 10: Journals, Papers, and More

When researching academic topics, it can help to look at journals, papers, and other academic publications. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Google Scholar; Finding Journal Articles; Scholarly Articles
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Journals, Papers, And More

Lesson 11: Bibliographies

When someone else has already done research on a topic, it makes sense that the person keeps track of what they used. 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Genealogy Tips and Resources; Research Overview
  • Take Poll: Let us know what you think of this course
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Bibliographies
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe why research is important.
  • Describe library use.
  • Describe dewey decimal system.
  • Demonstrate dictionary usage.
  • Demonstrate thesaurus usage.
  • Demonstrate encyclopedias, almanacs, and atlases usage.
  • Demonstrate internet search engines usage for research.
  • Identify Internet news sources.
  • Identify internet magazines, blogs, and images.
  • Identify journals, papers, and more.
  • Summarize bibliographies and their usage in research, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Basic Research Skills
Course Number: 7550472
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Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (2,965 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Dennis Mithaug
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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