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HEALTH, AGING & SOCIETY - Research Skills

Core Research Concepts

This video explains why we should critically analyzes sources of authority in our research and daily lives. (3:09)

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This video looks at the information cycle and how it impacts the availability of resources on a topic. (2:58)

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This video evaluates the commodification of information in a community of scholarship. (2:55)

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This video considers scholarly research as an iterative process. (2:30)

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This video looks at the many ways university students are active participants in academic discourse. (2:38)

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This video explores how to strategically approach the research process. (3:17)

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Choosing an Essay Topic

This video describes how to come up with a research topic, or research question, for an essay. (2:32)

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Choosing Keywords

This video explains how to choose keywords for database searching when doing research. (2:43)

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Choosing keywords. Describe the Research Topic: Consider phrasing your topic as a question to guide your research. What are the main concepts/themes/theories that you are interested in exploring? Example: How does the media cover student protests? Identify Main Concepts: Identify the main concepts in your description (usually verbs and nouns). Avoid using relational words such as: affect, cause, impact. Example of main concepts from the prior research question: student, protest, media Brainstorm related words: What other words or phrases may be used to talk about your main concepts? Example: student: university, college, undergrad, grad. Protest: boycott, demonstration. Media: news, television, broadcast, CBC.

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