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RES 500 Online - Research Strategies


prepared by William Badke

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RES 500 OL                          Research Strategies                            One Credit 
William B. Badke

I. Course Description

This course provides an opportunity for students to develop graduate level information research skills through study of, and practice with, research design, acquisition of resources within a technological environment, resource evaluation, and preparation of resources for the writing of research projects.

II. Course Objectives

The student will:

A. show an understanding of the complex current world of information resources;

B. demonstrate the ability to formulate a strategy for research;

C. show skill in identifying a research problem, acquiring a variety of informational resources to address that problem, evaluating those resources, and putting them to effective use;

D. demonstrate an appreciation for planned research from topic to completed project.


III. Textbook

The textbook for the course is:

Research Strategies: Finding Your Way through the Information Fog, 5th ed. (Bloomington, IN:, 2014). For information on obtaining the paperback or e-book formats, go to


Research Strategies text cover

IV. Assignments

NOTE: All assignments are in this website. No use will be made of the e-courses or MyCourses websites. Follow the links. All assignments must be completed in order for you to pass the course.


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Supplement: Important Academic Notes from ACTS

Web Support – Student Portal
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Campus Closure
In the event of deteriorating weather conditions or other emergency situations, every effort will be made to communicate information regarding the cancellation of classes to the following radio stations CKNW (980 AM), CKWX (1130 AM), STAR FM (107.1 FM), PRAISE (106.5 FM) and KARI (550 AM).  As well, an announcement will be placed on the University’s campus closure notification message box (604.513.2147) and on the front page of the University’s website ( – also see for more details).

An initial announcement regarding the status of the campus and cancellation of classes is made at 6:00 AM and covers all classes beginning before 1:00PM.  A second announcement is made at 11:00AM that covers all classes which begin between 1:00PM and 5:00PM.  A third announcement is made at 3:00PM and covers those classes which begin after 5:00PM.

Paper Formatting
Students need to adhere to Turabian Notes (Bibliography) format except for in counselling courses, for which APA format is used and for CanIL courses.

Students are strongly encouraged to use EndNote Basic/Web (available through the library home page - lower left) as their bibliographical manager and as a tool for formatting bibliographies.  It is free. The link to EndNote from the library home page provides detailed instructions. Students will need to be aware of the need to “clean up” most bibliographies generated by this program.  Students are encouraged to view the documents on the following websites for format samples:  or  Note that in EndNote Basic/Web the available formatting styles are those of Turabian Bibliography, and APA 6th. For Turabian, note that there are two formats – Notes (or Bibliography Style) and Reference List (a short format citation style). ACTS uses the Notes (Bibliography) format, not Reference List.

Counselling students are expected to purchase the APA Publications Manual.  More information found at the following website.

For free online programs that will enable you to create properly formatted bibliography citations, go to ("Chicago stands for "Turabian") or
CANIL students can locate this on the CANIL intranet, under the “student” side. CanIL students can locate this on the CanIL intranet, under the “student” side.

Please check with your professor to see which one he/she recommends you use!!

Course Evaluations
Course evaluations are an important aspect of improving teaching outcomes and for students and faculty professional development. Therefore, completion of course evaluations are considered a course expectation. Professors will schedule time to fill out the online course evaluation (20-30 minutes) during their last scheduled class of the semester, for students to complete on their personal laptop or a collegium computer. Students who are absent or otherwise unable to complete the online course evaluation in the last class, will be expected to make every effort to do so by the last day of exams. Information about how to access online evaluation forms will be provided to the faculty and students prior to the last week of classes by the ACTS Administration.

Research Ethics
Please note that all research projects involving human participants undertaken by members of the TWU university community (including projects done by ACTS students to satisfy course or degree requirements) MUST be approved by the Trinity Western University Research Ethics Board.  Information and forms may be found at
Those needing additional clarification may contact the ACTS Academic Dean's office.  Please allow at least three (3) weeks from the date of submission for a review of the application.

Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism at TWU
As Christian scholars pursuing higher education, academic integrity is a core value of the entire TWU community. Students are invited into this scholarly culture and required to abide by the principles of sound academic scholarship at TWU. This includes, but is not limited to, avoiding all forms of plagiarism and cheating in scholarly work. TWU has a strict policy on plagiarism (see academic calendar 2008-09, pp. 37-38). Further details on this subject are contained in the ACTS Student Handbook in section 4.12.  The handbook is available online on the ACTS webpage ( at the following link:
Learning what constitutes plagiarism and avoiding it is the student's responsibility. An excellent resource describing plagiarism and how to avoid it has been prepared by TWU Librarian William Badke and is freely available for download (PPT file) or used as flash (self-running) tutorials of varying lengths from: (14 minute flash tutorial) (8 minute flash tutorial)

Equity of Access
Students with a disability who need assistance are encouraged to contact the Equity of Access Office upon admission to TWU to discuss their specific needs. All disabilities must be recently documented by an appropriately certified professional and include the educational impact of the disability along with recommended accommodations. Within the first two weeks of the semester, students must meet with their professors to agree on accommodations appropriate to each class. Students should follow the steps detailed by the Equity of Access Office outlined on the TWU website at

Revised April 28, 2015