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Foundations of Research

This guide lays the foundation for critical research skills. You learn these skills in IS 101 and can review them at any time.

Ask A Librarian

Librarians are always ready to help with this assignment and others:

Walk up - Come to the 2nd floor library Service Desk.

Phone - Call 319-352-8506 for reference questions.

Email - Send your questions to "Ask A Librarian."

Chat - Use the chat button on the library's homepage.

Consult by appointment - Set up an individual meeting using the Information Consultation form.

Two aspects of ethical information use

Citation is Communication

One aspect of ethical information use is obvious--use your sources in context and cite as appropriate. From our friends at RVCC.

Inclusive and Diverse Sources

Another aspect of ethical information use is to be inclusive and diverse in your source gathering--and then be inclusive and diverse in the information you produce as a result of that process. This is not simply seeking out sources that show a counter-argument--though that's of value--but also seeking sources from small and large publications, from mainstream and independent venues, and from authors who represent a range of identities.

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