Research matrix: synthesizing search results
This assignment was created to help undergraduate students use research articles to help inform their argument about a "text." This exercise has been used in library instruction sessions for art history, composition, english literature, women's studies, and history classes. After reflecting on what they know about a text (or image or multimedia), brainstorming search terms, and tracking relevant patterns in search results, students can synthesize information from a variety of sources in an organized, methodological fashion.
Students will be able to brainstorm and refine research topics by brainstorming search terms, identifying relevant resources, and charting related topics
Information Literacy concepts:
Individual or Group:
This lesson was originally created to assist with organizing ideas and sources for a literature review, but was edited to simplify objectives and condense the lesson for shorter assignments
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This can be done for individual students or in small groups. In addition to sending this document directly to students (either as a file or in a printed handout), create separate Google docs (or some other interactive document platform) for them to work in together.