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The Internet
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The Basics


The information world can be viewed from many different, overlapping points-of-view. For example, common concepts like fiction and non-fiction or speech and writing divide information into broad categories that can be helpful in understanding and organizing it. We start by looking at 4 of these points-of-view as a context for doing research.


  • Basic understanding of the Internet
  • Distinguish scholarly from popular communication
  • Distinguish primary from secondary information sources
  • Understand the role of books and specific types of reference books in research

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