Information Literacy and Communication
• Information Literacy and Communication – Utilize appropriate current technology and resources to locate and evaluate information needed to accomplish a goal, and then communicate findings in visual, written and/or oral formats.
The process of researching a topic and then reporting on one’s findings is fundamental to what occurs within the higher education landscape and the workplace. Researchers work through a process-driven approach where they select a topic to research that is often controversial, researched infrequently, has not been studied in some time to confirm the accuracy of findings accepted as facts, or where the dynamics have changed in such a way that what once was accepted as a fact may no longer be the case.
Your audience for this assignment is your instructor. As such, make sure your language, style, and grammar is precise and evidences your revision and editing abilities. More specifically expressed, make sure your submission:
• Has one central point or theme with every part contributing to the main line of argument, without digressions or repetitions. Its objective is to persuade.
• Avoids colloquial words and expressions.
• Provides precise facts, figures, and qualitative evidence from reputable or fact checked sources.
• Is explicit in articulating your stance on the subject or the strength of the claims you are making.
• Is edited and revised effectively to address nearly all errors that might arise from the drafting process.
You are to format and document the assignment in APA format.
For this research assignment, you will:
- Select from one of the following topics provided on your potential topic list, or you may propose a topic of your own.
- Create a thesis statement that is persuasive, arguable, and well-defined.
- Create two to four research questions that will allow you to prove the thesis statement provided.
Step 1: Choose a topic
Your first step is to choose a topic that you are interested in and that you have some knowledge about. If you are writing a paper for a class, your instructor may give you a list of topics to choose from. Otherwise, you can brainstorm a list of topics that you are interested in and then narrow it down to one that is feasible for a 2000-word paper.
Once you have chosen a topic, you need to make sure that it is narrow enough to be covered in 2000 words, but broad enough that you will have enough information to write about. You should also make sure that it is a topic that you can be persuasive about.