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1. Determine your information needs

Determine your information  needs
1.1 Define your topic
1.2 Increase familiarity with your topic
1.3 Map your ideas
1.4 Types of assignment
1.5 Amount of information
1.6 Types of sources
1.7 Types of publications
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By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • define your topic to provide focus
  • do background reading to increase familiarity with your topic
  • find known items (e.g. items from your unit reading list)
  • understand call numbers
  • identify key concepts and map your ideas
  • judge the appropriate quantity of information required
  • differentiate between types of information sources and publications and judge their usefulness to the task at hand, specifically:
    • differentiate between primary and secondary sources
    • distinguish between popular, trade and scholarly periodicals.

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