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The Right Start for Student Research: Tools for Great Topics

Do you assign research projects? A recent CSU-wide needs assessment survey uncovered that 38% of students found the most difficult aspect of the research process. Discover a few strategies and tools to help your students tackle there topic anxiety.
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Sheila Cunningham

on 19 May 2011

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The Right Start for Student Research tools to help students uncover great topics Sheila Cunningham
Librarian, Sonoma State University Students Worry About Choosing Topics 38% of students find choosing or narrowing a topic
to be the most difficult part of the research process 36% of students find developing a research question
to be the most difficult part of the research process CSU ICT/Information Literacy DLO Initiative
Needs Assessment Survey, 2008
2077 student responses, 15 CSU campuses 37% are worried most about their topic idea SSU English 101
2009-2010 Library Research Sessions
9 sections, 125 students
Assessment using "clickers" asked at the
start & end of class 15%
32%
10%
6% Finding Information
Writing
Accidentally Plagiarizing
Formating Bibliography

students are also worried about... start Finding Information
Writing
Accidentally Plagiarizing
Formating Bibliography

28%
36%
8%
7% students also worried about... 21% END were still worried or became worried
about their topic idea The Research Plan Examine the Assignment Description
Fish for Topics
Brainstorm with Concept Maps
Test Information Reality
What's the Question???
Gone Fishing check assignment description for topic prompts or broad cues

look in general interest or current event information resources

use broad search terms

favorite tool:
CQ Researcher Brainstorm concept maps or mind maps have helped get the brains going

great for groups and individual

interactive online tools engage students, stimulate creativity

Favorite tool: bubbl.us Information Reality can you find any relevant information about your topic?

great places to start testing: General interest article databases
Internet Searching Academic Search Premier, CQ Researcher, Proquest Newstand Googling, Wikipedia (gasp) ???
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??? thank You.
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