Research Discernment Lab

Course Description:

This is a course in basic research skills and information literacy to teach students how to find sources and discern whether those sources are legitimate. Research skills are needed in many jobs and certainly for being a good student who is developing a Christian mind. Almost anyone can google a subject or read articles in Wikipedia, but it takes training to be able to exercise the skills to do responsible research and not promote bogus claims.  Due diligence--checking the facts--is needed for discovering truth. 

Key Questions To Be Explored:

  • What is information literacy?

  • How can a person discern if an article or message is propaganda?

  • What are the most practical research skills for professionals to have?

  • How do I access web sources such as online libraries and archives?

  • What kinds of conversations can I have to unearth buried truths?