This engaging guide will equip students with the knowledge, skills and tools to find and evaluate academic information in a critical, informed and thoughtful way. It begins by encouraging students to think about the purpose...Show More
This engaging guide will equip students with the knowledge, skills and tools to find and evaluate academic information in a critical, informed and thoughtful way. It begins by encouraging students to think about the purpose of their information search, before taking them step-by-step through the process of searching for information, from sifting through search results to critically evaluating information. The final part of the book explores finding and evaluating information in the wider world, and shows students how to put the skills they've learned into effect in the workplace and in daily life.
This will be an essential resource for students of all disciplines who need to master the fundamentals of finding information.
- Knowing where to look and how to begin are key concerns for students who are starting a research project: this Pocket will guide readers through the maze of finding and evaluating information
- Provides guidance on how to design a strategic search plan that will help stretch students' understanding of a topic
- Outlines useful strategies for evaluating evidence
- Explores how to present evidence in an interesting way, how to address conflicting points of view, and how to guide a reader through your argument
- Provides applications for the skills developed in evaluating and using evidence beyond academia
PART I: WHY GOOD EVIDENCE MATTERS
Chapter 1: What do we mean by evidence?
Chapter 2: But what's the right answer?
Chapter 3: What are my lecturers looking for?
Chapter 4: Using Wikipedia and other factual sources
PART II: CHOOSING YOUR EVIDENCE
Chapter 5: Finding your focus
Chapter 6: Information 'flavours'
Chapter 7: Where to start
Chapter 8: Collecting your evidence: a 4-step plan
Chapter 9: Taking it further
PART III: EXPLORING YOUR EVIDENCE
Chapter 10: Getting your feet wet: skim reading strategies
Chapter 11: Squeezing out the juice: summarising your skim reading
Chapter 12: Active notemaking
Chapter 13: Stepping stones: finding your way to (and through) more material
PART IV: USING YOUR EVIDENCE
Chapter 14: Putting the pieces together
Chapter 15: Dealing with conflicting evidence
Chapter 16: Building the 'spine' of your argument
Chapter 17: Signposting your evidence
PART V: EVIDENCE IN EVERYDAY LIFE
Chapter 18: Reading between the lines - uncovering bias in everyday information
Chapter 19: Social biases and structural inequality
Chapter 20: Dealing with misinformation and fake news
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- Critical Thinking Skills Stella Cottrell
- Getting Critical Kate Williams
- Reading and Making Notes Jeanne Godfrey
- Dissertations and Project Reports Stella Cottrell
- Writing for University Jeanne Godfrey
- Referencing and Understanding Plagiarism Kate Williams, Mary Davis
- Skills for Success Stella Cottrell
- The Study Skills Handbook Stella Cottrell
- How to Write Better Essays Bryan Greetham
- Brilliant Writing Tips for Students Julia Copus
- Time Management Kate Williams, Michelle Reid
- Report Writing Michelle Reid