Technical assignment 1
Building Information Skills
Research Project: Diseases
IMPORTANT NOTE: The assignment can be modified in many ways. It can be as simple as letting the student fill out the steps below with answers. It could include instructors and students brainstorming using this assignment. Part of the activities could be done or the entire activity could be done.
Your project involves researching a disease and writing an overview report. You will write the report as if the overview is to be given to an adult patient. You will use at least 3 different types of resources: a book, an article and a website document.
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1. Task Definition. Be sure of problem/questions/assignment topic
1.1. What am I suppose to do? My instructor has asked that I create an overview report about a disease. I will write the report as if it is an overview to be given to an adult patient. Once I choose a disease, I must get approval from my instructor. Does the report need to be about a communicable disease? A chronic disease? A genetic disease? Any type of disease?.
1.2. What information do I need to complete the project? I need to know where to find the resources and how to use them. In the report, I need the name(s) of the disease, symptoms, causes, mode of transmission and treatments. To write the report, I need to know how to create the title page, the body and the reference page. I need to know how I will be graded on the project.
1.3. What do I already know? _I know that I have not done a report in a long time. __________________________________________________________________.
2. Information Seeking Strategies. Identify Resources.
2.1. What possible sources might I use? The librarian has shown me how to use the links on the library web pages. I plan to use 1 book from the library, StatRef or NetLibrary; a journal article from the Alabama Virtual Library, and a reputable web site.
2.2. What sources are best to use? Library resources and recommended websites.
2.3. How will I know that a website is a good source of information? I will be sure to evaluate the website by answering the following questions:
Who created the website?
Is the purpose of the website to sell me something? In that case, are negative points left out or is the site showing bias?
Is it a recommended website?
3. Location and Access. Gather relevant information.
3.1. Where will I find the resources listed in Step 2? (1) I will need help to know which resources to use. After talking to the librarian and instructor, I now know what to use. To find books in the library, I will use the Online Catalog available on the web page. Another source for books that I can use is the database StatRef which is linked on the library website. A third possible source of books is NetLibrary, a collection of electronic books. (2) To find articles, I will use the Alabama Virtual Library database which is accessible from the LBWCC libraries website; the best database will be identified by my instructor or my librarian. (3) To find the best website, I will get a list of recommended websites.
3.2. How do I find information from within each resource? What will be my search strategy? I will ask the instructor and librarian for suggestions on how to search on the web. I will make a list of keywords to include broad terms, narrow terms and synonyms. I will use tables of content and indexes. I will seek assistance from the library staff and instructor.
3.3. Can I defend the resources that I am including? Explain. All 3 sources are written by experts. The website is from a recommended list of websites.
4. Use of information. Select an approach/theme/strategy.
4.1. How will I gather the information? I will read the information on the websites carefully and print only the parts that answer my questions and the part that identifies the author and purpose. I will use the abstracts, opening and closing paragraphs to choose the best article from my results list. Once I am sure, I will print it.
4.2. How much of the information is truly relevant? I have scanned result lists in order to choose the best information.
4.3. Do I see any patterns? In the result lists from electronic resources, it appears that the most relevant source is listed first.
4.4. How will we record the information? How do I take notes? Would an outline or visual tool help? I need to make a copy of the title page and verso of the book to be sure that I have the author, title, publisher and other bibliographic information. I need to make a copy of the article to include the citation so I will have the author, title, etc. I need to highlight important parts or take notes about important parts. I will make a copy of the information from the website and record the URL and the document number. I will outline the parts of the body of my report. I will list my references by using examples from the librarian and instructor as a model. If I use the exact words or an authors ideas, I will be sure to note it.
5. Synthesis. Integrate the information to form solution/answer/new idea.
5.1. Who is my audience? An adult patient.
5.2. What is the best format for presenting the results of my research? In real life, I could use this report or write it in the form of a publication such as a tri-fold or create a PowerPoint presentation from the main points.
5.3. How will I organize the information from multiple sources? I will create an outline, use concept mapping, note cards and/or make a list. I will double check the instructors requirements and have someone proof my work.
6. Evaluation. eXamine results and refine.
6.1. How do I evaluate what I have done? I will create an evaluation checklist or use one provided by the instructor. I will have my peers evaluate my report. I will get someone to read my report. Did I do my best?
6.2. How well did I do with this process? I will think about how this process could be used again, what I would do differently next time and which resources might be useful again. Did I plagiarize? Did I keep to a timeframe?