Research = A process where, in response to a question or hypothesis, information and  ideas are searched, evaluated, compared, and anaylized to formulate an answer.
Process = Actions that move work  forward through stages and may be repeated in order to achieve the stated goal.
Resource = Any item that is used to provide information, samples, or examples in the research process. These can include books, film, periodicals, journals, documents, displays, observations, surveys, tests, interviews, etc.
Research Methods Course Objectives
Almost any class teaching "Research Methods" will cover some basic and standard information core elements. After the class the student should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the types of research available.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the form and use of the accepted styles related to the student's discipline (Turabian for Religion; APA for Human Family Services; MLA for English, etc.)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of information literacy in the research process (identifying, locating, accessing, synthesizing, and evaluating information (Berkowitz & Eisenberg, 1989).
  • Demonstrate ethical and efficent applications of techonologies to the research process.
  • Demonstrate skills relative to successfully pursuing further studies.
Some excellent books related to the topic include:
Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colcomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.
Danker, Frederick. Multipurpose Tools for Bible Study. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993.
Man, Thomas. The Oxford Guide to Library Research. New York: Oxford, 1998.
Vymeister, Nancy Jean. Quality Research Papers. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2001.
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