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Research as conversation…. Who, What, Where, When, Why & How! OSU Valley Library Sept. 24, 2003. Who …. is talking /creating the information? Individuals? Special interest groups? Government? Business? presents / publishes the information?

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Research as conversation

Research as conversation…

Who, What, Where, When, Why & How!

OSU Valley Library

Sept. 24, 2003


Who …

  • is talking /creating the information?

    • Individuals? Special interest groups? Government? Business?

  • presents / publishes the information?

    • Newspapers & magazines? Scientists & researchers? Special interest groups? Government? Individuals?

  • will hear / read the information?

    • Who is the potential audience?…must have one or it won’t be published.


What…

  • do you already know?

  • are other people saying?

  • do you still need to know?


What…

  • kind of information do you want/ expect to find?

    • Opinions? Propaganda?

    • Facts or statistics?

    • Research studies?

    • Summaries? Overviews?

    • Reviews or critiques?

    • Comparisons of positions or products?


Where is the conversation taking place

Does the information come from? (format)

Current news media?

Radio, TV, newspapers

Journals?

Books?

Libraries or bookstores

Experts?

Gov’t documents?

Do you look for these? (tools)

Media websites, news databases

Article databases

Online catalogs

Personal contacts

Online catalogs or WWW

Where…is the conversation taking place?


When….

  • did the conversation start?

    • At the time of the event, i.e., immediately?

    • Within a few days?

    • Within a few weeks or months?

    • Years later?

  • did the conversation end?

    • Specify a date range in your search


Why….

  • would a particular source create or provide this information?

    • To persuade or sell?

    • To inform?

    • To entertain?

  • is this a resource you would use?


How….

  • are you going to participate in the conversation?

    • Listening – aka reading

    • Thinking

    • Evaluating

    • More listening

    • Writing


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