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Capstone Research and Citing

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Research Is Important

Research means finding the best information for the problem that you need to solve.

At the senior level (or in any field where time and money matter) you need to find specific information and that usually means going beyond the first things you find on Google.

Research

Start Early

Be realistic... the more complex your questions and issues, the more time you need to read and think and evaluate.

Facts are fairly easy to find but you can't make a strong argument on facts alone. You need to go beyond facts for your Capstone paper.

You are going to be asked to explain and interpret and for that you will be using other people's ideas. You may find your position changing as you research; that is the nature of learning.

There are many steps in the Research Cycle.

Use a Variety of Sources

Do not rely upon one source for most your facts and citations. Get other points of view. Address them in your paper; it will make your argument stronger.

Use a mix of books, articles, statistics, images, and other types of sources.

Seek out the same information intended for different audiences. How is the same bit of information presented for different audiences, from advertising to consumers to news articles to academic essays.

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Books, magazines/journals, newspapers, websites

Experts & Interviews

You can also get good information from experts in the field so don't overlook interviewing but remember that material from interviews usually has to be put into context or supports and that means you will need to research in advance.

Ask for Help

Found too many sources? or too few? Get unstuck at the Library.

Finally, don't forget that you can always ask your instructor or a librarian about sources.

Schedule a Capstone Research consultation

Minimum Requirements

Junior/Senior Level Competency

C - level Information Literacy

A bibliography or works cited page is required and must include at least FOUR QUALITY sources. The sources must be included and cited within the paper/project.

Information literacy skills are demonstrated through at least FOUR evaluative annotations for books, academic/museum websites, or database articles.

Annotation must include:

  1. author credentials
  2. a description of the type of source (audience)
  3. a discussion about purpose / bias / point of view
  4. a discussion about currency
  5. an explanation about why the source is relevant to the project / paper.

Complete Senior Rubric

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