RES 500 Online - Research Strategies
A ONE CREDIT GRADUATE LEVEL INTERACTIVE COURSE IN INFORMATION RESEARCH SKILLS
prepared by William Badke
Research Strategies is the online version of the course taught by William Badke on the campus of Associated Canadian Theological Schools.
For guides to many of the electronic resources used in this course, see http://libguides.twu.ca/religiousstudies/, http://libguides.twu.ca/PsychologyCounselling/, and http://libguides.twu.ca/leadership/.
Research Strategies: Finding Your Way through the Information Fog, 5th ed. (Bloomington, IN: iUniverse.com, 2014). This edition must be used, because earlier editions are out of date.
Research Strategies is available as a paperback and in various e-book versions. See http://acts.twu.ca/Library/textbook.htm
You can purchase the
paper edition through the above link or from the TWU Bookstore.
Use of the Course:
Research Strategies may be taken by individual students through Associated Canadian Theological Schools (graduate level).
Please note that, while the course is not password protected, any unauthorized use of this course or adaptations of it by institutions is a breach of copyright and thus not permitted.
About the Course:
This course uses a strategies approach by which the student can begin with a topic about which s/he knows nothing and proceed through a series of steps to produce both a research question/thesis and a bibliography which provides the information needed to address the chosen issue. There is extensive introduction to databases, including the Internet. The "research" in Research Strategies is informational research which is done in preparation for term papers and literature reviews, rather than field or experimental research such as that found in the social sciences and sciences.
Throughout the course, process is more important than product. In this information age, the ability to navigate through data without getting lost is worth more than gold. The training provided here will help the student to develop a set of strategies which are applicable to any kind of informational research. Process (strategy-building) is more important than product.
We live in a time when the ability to sift through all the information coming our way, decide what is important and use that information to address key issues, is a life skill that no one should be without. All too many professors in higher education settings assume that students will develop research ability on their own. Most students simply do not. They flounder from one research assignment to another until someone finally offers some training. That is the task of this course.
Associated Canadian Theological Schools, 7600 Glover Road, Langley, BC, Canada V2Y 1Y1, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Institutions please note again that permission is required before you may use this course or adaptations of it in your own setting.
(Last updated: April 28, 2014)