To be truly information literate, you need to understand how information is produced, the forms information comes in, and where to locate information sources. You need to be able to evaluate sources and select the best ones for your purposes. And finally, you need to be able to clearly communicate your research results. As you are guided through this assignment, you will complete all of these tasks. Your end result will be a well-researched and articulate essay on one of the three topics about which you have read in this module.
Conduct research for, and write a research essay on a topic related to one of the three previous sections of Module 1:
1. Over time, our conceptions of individual and community health have changed in significant ways.
2. People around the globe are impacted by the choices that we make as individual consumers.
3. The decisions we make as individuals have a significant impact on the environment.
You are required to submit the following pre-writing elements:
1. Notes taken from research, including: • Your Web Check: criteria for evaluating websites (Section 4 Assignment: Part 1, Step A)
• Your website evaluation (Section 4 Assignment: Part 1, Step B)
• Your journal response about the origins of words
• Your goal for the number of print and non-print resources you expect to collect from Section 4, Lesson A: Activity 3 in this section.
2. Any brainstorming or mapping of concepts
3. Your completed Research Essay Preparation Template.
Step A: Narrow Your Research Topic:
Before you start gathering information, you need to narrow your focus. To help choose your topic and define an area of research within that topic, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Which of the topics that I’ve read about so far have interested me?
2. Do I have a personal connection to any of the topics through family, friends, or leisure time