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Communication Sciences & Disorders: Researching the Literature

Research Project Outcomes

Information Literacy in Communication Sciences & Disorders

An accomplished writer, "Credits, builds on, and integrates well-chosen information with an appropriate level of detail from high-quality, credible primary and secondary sources to provide evidence, support arguments, and to document critical perspectives on the topic" (Writing Matters Scoring Rubric for Communication Sciences & Disorders)

"Well-chosen information" refers to the capabilities of the writer to employ the following information literacy skills:

  • Identifies the characteristics of scholarly and trade publications, including peer and editorial review in communication sciences
  • Recognizes key topics, authors, publishers, and/or periodicals related to communication sciences
  • Recognizes the value of forward and backward citation searching to understanding the progression of research in the field, as well as in furthering a literature review
  • Deliberately employs a variety of advanced search methods such as wildcard/truncation searching, phrase searching, field searching or other advance search features of databases, in addition to citation searching     
  • Articulates personal research and selection thought processes in the form of an annotated bibliography

Additionally, an accomplished writer applies "disciplinary conventions, sources, and evidence" in the following ways:

  • Clearly differentiates between own ideas and the ideas of others by paraphraslng another authors' words or ideas and acknowledging the author's name in the text 
  • Identifies language taken directly from the source by using quotation marks; judiclously and effectively uses quotations and explains the relationship of the quotation to the text 
  • Uses citations and lists references according to the standards of the American Psychological Associatlon (APA)