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Class 3: Beginning the Research Process (continued) by Mind Map: Class 3: Beginning the Research Process (continued)
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Class 3: Beginning the Research Process (continued)

Getting Background Information

Why?

Get a grasp on background, unfamiliar terms and concepts

Will help to determine scope

Where?

Internet

Books

Magazines/Journals

Tools for Finding Background Information

Google and other search engines

Library Online Catalog

Find a Database: Electronic Reference Sources

Hints for search success, Keep your search broad, Think of synonyms for your search concepts, distance education OR virtual learning OR distance learning, Focus on reference sources

Evaluation

Criteria

Authority/Author

Audience

Accuracy

Perspective

Purpose

Publisher

Date of Publication

Coverage/Content

Organization

Bibliography/Footnotes

Relevance to your need

Tools

Amazon.com

Google Books

Book Reviews

Google the author