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Introduction to Searching the Internet
Information Resources
Human Resources
Digital Resources
Finding Digital Resources
Evaluating Internet Resources
Organizing Your Research
Topic-Oriented Research Directories
Search Engines
Primary Document Resources
1. Selecting your topic
2. Collecting information
3. Organizing your information

1. Selecting your Topic

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

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When settling on a specific topic for your information product, you should consider several questions and ideas:


  • It is important to establish a goal. How do you want your product to affect its readers? How do you want to change their behavior, their knowledge, or their decisions?
  • The goal of the product will lead to its style of delivery. Do you want it to be satirical, descriptive, instructional, or persuasive?
  • Who might be interested in reading your information product? Who could benefit from the information or from your presentation?
  • Another important key to building an information product is to chose a topic that you are interested in learning more about.
  • What is the expected length of the information product? How many pages for a report, how many cards for a Hyperstudio or HyperCard stack, how many web pages, how many presentation slides?
  • What sources do you know of that are already available on the topic?

Section 3: Organizing Your Research
Page 1: Selecting your topic
Page 2: Collecting information
Page 3: Organizing your information

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