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Module 1: Information and Research for Graduate Students Overview In this module, you will examine the nature of information from the perspective of a graduate student, beginning with a look at the information cycle and how information evolves. Next you will learn about scholarly materials and resources and tools for research and evaluation. Whether you conduct your research in the library databases or on the free Web, it is important to evaluate your sources. Most materials you find in the library databases are more credible than what you find on the free Web, but that does not necessarily mean they are appropriate for your particular research question. Although library databases contain scholarly articles, they may also contain articles from professional and popular sources and brief reviews, which may not be the best material for your paper. They may also contain scholarly articles that are not relevant to your paper. Although there is much unsuitable material on the free Web, you will also find primary documents, statistics, and scholarly articles that cannot be found in the library databases. As you conduct your research, it is essential to subject everything you find to a rigorous evaluation process. The evaluation of resources will be covered in more detail in modules 4–6. This module concludes with a discussion of academic integrity. Proper citation of the materials you include in your writings or presentations is an important step in the research process. In this module, we will introduce the citing of your sources using the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style, which is used in all Graduate School of Management & Technology courses. Resources to assist you and links to citation examples are also included in this module. Proper citation helps you avoid plagiarism and allows others to locate your source materials. Objectives After completing this module, you should be able to: describe the information cycle identify the information you will need and select the appropriate research tools describe criteria for evaluating research materials apply APA citation style when citing sources for research understand and identify plagiarism Commentary Topics The Cycle of Information Scholarly Literature Information Resources for Graduate-Level Research Research Sources and Tools Academic Integrity Citing Your Sources Page 1 of 11 Module 1 Commentary 5/25/2011 http://tychousa7.umuc.edu/UCSP611/1102/Modules/M1-Module_1/S1-Commentary.html?. ..
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The Cycle of Information To understand the sources you encounter during academic research, it helps to understand the way academic information is produced and used. The production and use of academic information is typically cyclical, as illustrated in figure 1.1 below. Click on each number to see additional information. Figure 1.1
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This note was uploaded on 08/20/2011 for the course USPS 611 taught by Professor Ann during the Spring '11 term at Maryland.

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