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  1. 1. Identifying sources and gathering information KNOWLEDGE, ENQUIRY AND COMMUNICATION
  2. 2. Objectives  Identify the relevant sources to be able to gather the information specific to the research question/s you have identified.  Discuss the purpose of identifying relevant information and organisation of the data surrounding your research question/s.
  3. 3. ACTIVITY  Review your research study and identify the following factors: (Refer to your last lecture/Does the literature or approach, link to the  question?) Is this a qualitative or quantitative research  study? In finding this study, what were or what key  words could you use to locate it.
  4. 4. RESEARCH QUESTION  Qualitative Inductive  Quantitative Deductive MIXED METHOD
  5. 5. Information Gathering (May depend on your question)  May broaden your outlook or give you more understanding of the area and allow you to develop your own opinion or recommendations.  Encourage critical thinking throughout your search, becoming aware of the diverse sources available.  Encourages development of efficient time management and assist you to develop efficient gathering and organisation skills.
  6. 6. Relevance of identifying sources and data gathering  Effective identifying of sources and gathering information requires:  Commitment, organisation skills and time.  Flexibility to gather from a wide variety of sources.  Knowledge of the different sources available.  Skills to be able to differentiate between valid and reliable information. i.e. peer referred journals (have the articles had to go through any formal review process?)  This needs to be organised in a timely organised manner.
  7. 7. Organisation
  8. 8. Organisation of the data To be able to access it  For referencing   Hard copy  Computer files  Disc/flash drive/ E-mail and files  Filing cabinet  End note  Create a Chart (Boynton, 2005).  Diary/Blog (In evidence)
  9. 9. SAVE Links  Journals (electronic)  Abstracts  Conference papers  References to other studies etc. 
  10. 10. Reviewing a source (This should be recorded in your blog as evidence) Note the scope of the source  Value of the source  Paraphrase the literature  Cite the references or links  Date it 
  11. 11. CREDIBLE?  Papers/magazines  Wikipedia  Journals  Blogs  Books  Google  Google scholar
  12. 12. Different sources of information Your own notes/experiences  Newspapers  Magazines  Journals/links and references from journals  Text books  Dissertations/Theses  Videos/CD ROMs/audio tapes  Friends/Staff/Health Professionals/Academic  staff  Library  Online sources- databases (from library)  Research projects  Reports  Government websites  Any more?? 
  13. 13. Your own enquiry Sources  Date  Name of study  Subject  Author/authors  Qualitative or quantitative  Paraphrase findings or quote important facts  (For the purpose of your blog you must provide  evidence of your enquiry process, connect your question to the study/article and state the relevance to your enquiry).
  14. 14. References Boynton, P. M. (2005). The research companion: A practical guide for the  social and health sciences. New York: Psychology Press.  Hart, C. (1988). Doing a literature review: Releasing the social science  research imagination. Thousand Oaks: Sage. 