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Info Need Checklist

Info Need Checklist

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Use this checklist to help determine what kinds of information will best meet the needs of the assignment and topic (this will save you lots of time later in the research process).
Use this checklist to help determine what kinds of information will best meet the needs of the assignment and topic (this will save you lots of time later in the research process).

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Published by: Dana Longley on Mar 25, 2009
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Research @ the Library:Information Needs Checklist
Before you start searching on your topic, you must define what kind of information you need. Doing so will save you time and effort later on and helpyou find more useful resources. Use this checklist to define your need:
Research Topic/Thesis: __________________________________________ Key Words: ___________ ___________ ___________ _________ _________ 
Check all that apply:
1.Assignment Requirements
Type of assignment
(essay, research, compare-contrast, etc.)
:______________ 
Minimum number of sources to consult: _________________ 
2.Timeframe
Current information
(e.g., published in last 3, 5 years or 10 years)
Historical information
(do you need to look at the history of the topic?)
3.Place
Limit topic by geographic location?Countries or region(s): _________________________________ 
4.Publication Type
What kinds of materials might contain useful information?
Reference Materials
(definitions, encyclopedia entries, etc.)
Journals
Magazines
Newspapers
Books
Websites
Government documents/reports
Multimedia
(images, video, audio, etc.)
5.Information Type
Peer-reviewed/scholarly journals
Popular periodicals
(National Geographic, Time, etc.)
Primary sources
(original research or account of event)
Secondary sources
(interpretation of others' work)Center for Learning and TechnologySUNY Empire State College- 1 - 7/10/08

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