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Research as Inquiry

Big Ideas:

  • Research is open-ended and iterative
  • Curiosity and flexibility lead to new insights and knowledge
  • Asking questions is often as important as finding answers

Possible Session Level Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will know whom to go to for help with their library research
  • Students will be able to locate appropriate information resources per discipline
  • Students will know how to make use of interlibrary loan and the timeline needed to acquire information
  • Students will formulate research questions based on curiosity and gaps in information or data available
  • Students will describe how the research process is iterative, requiring persistence
  • Students will apply research methods that are appropriate for the need, context, and type of inquiry