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Child, Youth, and Family Studies Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degree Program: CYFS 420: Applied Research Methods and Information Literacy

 

WELCOME!

This is the resource page for CYFS 420, Applied Research Methods and Information Literacy.  Here you will find the resources and instruction materials to support the information literacy portion of the curriculum for this course.  They are organized into the following resource areas:

- COURSE TEXTBOOK, DATABASES & EBOOKS            - INFORMATION LITERACY
- TOPIC DEVELOPMENT            - RESEARCH PROPOSALS
- SCHOLARLY JOURNAL ARTICLES            - APA REFERENCE CITATIONS
- ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHIES            - RESEARCH ETHICS
             - LITERATURE REVIEWS  


We will continue to add materials throughout the course as we cover the different areas of learning. 

COURSE TEXTBOOKS, JOURNALS & EBOOKS

Course Textbooks

Online Required Course Textbook


Additional Print Textbooks in the Library

There are two copies of each of these books are on Reserve for CYFS 420 in the library:

OneSearch

Use One Search to find books, articles and films in one search.

NOTE: After entering your search terms, click the "Search" button to generate your results. Do not use the "Enter" key on your keyboard.

Downloading a Ebook

TOPIC DEVELOPMENT

Creating an Inquiry and Sub Questions

Here are two great videos produced by Western Washington University Libraries that explain how to develop a research question and sub-questions to find information on your problem.  Once you decide on these questions, you can go and find information on them and bring them together to answer your problem.

Topic Development Activities

Developing Your Research Topic Worksheet

This topic development worksheet is designed to help you begin thinking about and focusing your research topic. It is a Google Doc which you will copy and name as your own.  You will then give your instructors edit access to it so that we can make comments and suggestions to help you in developing your topic.

 


WiseMapping Concept Mapping Tool

If you are someone who thinks in shapes and relationships try using this mind-mapping tool to develop your topic idea.

Developing Your Research Topic

SCHOLARLY ARTICLES

Understanding Scholarly Journal Articles

Understanding the Different Types of Scholarly Sources

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHIES

Creating an Annotated Bibliography


These two videos provide a thorough explanation of the purpose and process of the annotation bibliography. Used with permission from Alan W. Aldrich & Carol A. Leibiger. University Libraries, University of South Dakota. Contact: alan.aldrich@usd.edu. Copyright 2014

There is also a printed script for each video as well as a copy of the Source Evaluation Matrix used in video 2:

Additional Tutorials

Note: There is no APA style for annotated bibliographies, only for citing the references in APA style.

INFORMATION LITERACY

 Information Literacy Concepts

Information Literacy is a life-long learning skill that we use personally, professionally, academically and socially.  This presentation from Seminole State College Library explains the five main components of Information Literacy, as well as the differences in how Information Literacy skills are applied in academic versus personal and real-life research and investigation.

Source: Research Foundation: Information Literacy 
Seminal State Library


In order to successfully find and engage with scholarly research materials it is essential to understand (1) what they are and how to find them and (2) how they are used to build new knowledge in research and learning communities and can therefore contribute to your research. These critical thinking skills for finding information and building new knowledge are at the heart of Information Literacy.
 

The two videos below provide clear explanations of these concepts.

 

Additional Information Literacy resources include:

Information Literacy Oregon Open Education Resources

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education ACRL

RESEARCH PROPOSALS

Format for Research Proposals

Below are some examples of the format and style for writing a research proposal:

Creating Running Header for APA Style Research Paper

Research Proposal Template

You will be using this Research Proposal Template to write your research proposal for this class.  We will go over it in depth in class before you begin using it.

Research Proposal Examples with APA Style

APA REFERENCE CITATIONS

APA Reference Citation Style - Practice Tutorials and Activities

Edmonds College Library APA Citation Style Resources

APA Citation Resource Guide


Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

Official APA Writing & Citation Style Resources

The official American Psychological Association (APA) writing and citation style provides excellent resources to help you learn to incorporate this style into your academic writing for your coursework.  

Citation Basics

Watch the video below to learn what citations are, and how to use them to document your sources in your paper.

NC State University, Source: YouTube

RESEARCH ETHICS

Research Ethics

Research Ethics: Key Points

Research Ethics: The History

LITERATURE REVIEWS

Writing the Literature Review

Presented by the University of Maryland


Presented by North Carolina State University Library