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Library Training Modules

Library instruction series to improve evidence-based practice and research skills among students, faculty and staff of ATSU

Module Description

This training module will address the problems many researchers encounter when initiating a research project, how to identify a gap in research and how to find supporting evidence on a concept that is not addressed in previous publications. (I can't find any supporting evidence for my specific research question...what do I do?)

No prior research experience is required to attend this module. 

Participants are encouraged to bring questions related to assignments or research projects. 

Please take a moment to go through the Module Prep activities prior to the Module Training. 

If you require any access accommodations or would prefer to meet 1:1 with a librarian:

Module Objectives

Participants will: 

1. Demonstrate an introductory understanding of how to identify gaps in research.

2. Identify methods to acquire scholarly support on a topic not previously addressed in research. 

Module Prep Activities

Prep activities are not a requirement to attend the module. These activities are designed to stimulate your thinking and prompt questions to be posed during the module. Completion of these prep activities will improve your understanding of the concepts to be presented in the module. 

1. Bring your research questions. For assistance with research question development: PICO Format Worksheet

2. Begin your background research. Identify what you know and do not know about the topics of your research. 

Hint: Find background information on each element of your PICO question. 

3. Identify the areas you are having the most difficulty finding supportive information. 

Read: What is a research gap and how do I find one? 

Additional Resources: