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Libraries at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Information Literacy Self-Guided Tutorial

The Rensselaer Libraries provides access to ProQuest's Research Companion - a self-guided tutorial of the entire research process. Create a free account to earn badges, keep track of your progress, and access pre- and post-video assessment questions.

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Synthesizing information and organizing your thoughts are important steps in effectively sharing the results of your research efforts. As you begin to think about scholarly articles as being part of a larger scholarly conversation, it's important to develop your "conversational" skills as a scholar.

Learning Objectives:

  • Researchers will understand the importance of creating an outline
  • Researchers will understand the difference between a literal audience and an implied audience
  • Researchers will understand how to arrange their argument in a way that is likely to prove most persuasive to their implied audience
  • Researchers will recognize and understand the importance of an introduction, context, definitions, refutation of counterarguments, subclaims and evidence, and a conclusion

Video Playlist Includes:

  • Beyond the five-paragraph essay (1:22)
  • Two audiences (2:06)
  • Introduction (2:06)
  • Context (1:18)
  • Definitions (1:02)
  • Subclaims and evidence (1:36)
  • TELL ME MORE: Subclaims and evidence (2:29)
  • Refutation of counterarguments (2:46)
  • TELL ME MORE: Refutation of counterarguments (2:41)
  • Conclusion (1:49)