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Research handbook: Library research skills and tips for undergraduate students [zine]

Chudolinska, Marta and Payne, Daniel (2016) Research handbook: Library research skills and tips for undergraduate students [zine]. OCAD University.


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Thank you for taking time to read through the Dorothy H. Hoover Library Research Handbook. We hope that it will help you to start learning more about “information literacy.”

Researching in an academic environment can be intimidating; there are so many conflicting pressures, concerns, and questions that seem to arise throughout the process. But don’t worry; these anxieties are, in fact, a critically important feature of research. Studies show that researchers that feel pressure, concern, and are plagued by questions in the early stages of researching are the ones that end up discovering the most compelling results at the end of their research journey!

An important factor to success, however, is the skill of taking control over that anxiety and being able to move forward and find the information you need to complete a research task, whether it’s building an argument for an academic essay, analyzing a case-study, engaging with design thinking in order to problem-solve, or creating a meaningful work of art. In the library, we call this skill set information literacy, which is simply a set of strategies that you can use to expertly navigate through our complex information environment. Information literacy helps you understanding what information you need, how to find it, and, most importantly, why this information is important. This entire process—from beginning to end—is all part of turning the “raw materials” of information into the “finished product” of knowledge.

By comparing academic research to the creative process, we hope that you will begin seeing commonalities between both and use your experiences in studio-based art or design thinking to empower your academic research. Artists and designers have amazing strategies for working through creative blocks when making art, so why not use these talents to get “un-stuck” when researching?


The Dorothy H. Hoover Librarians

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Handbook design: Tetyana Herych Production of this handbook was possible thanks to the support of the First Generation program, administered by the OCAD University Writing & Learning Centre.
Divisions: University Library
University Library > Learning Zone
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2016 14:06
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 20:17
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/411

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