This module explores strategies for planning your research. Before finding sources for an assignment, it helps to pre-search about your topic in order to learn the important themes, issues, and terms that can be used to search for scholarly sources. The content and activities on this page are designed to develop the knowledge and skills that are key to this stage of college-level research:
Watch the three videos: 1. Organize what you know, 2. Understand Search Results, and 3. Evaluate a Website. Use the arrow commands below the media player to move on to the next video.
To break down big ideas into researchable questions and ideas, it helps to make a map of the information you already know. Think about which concepts go well together. Then, select terms from the bank below and drag them to the place in the chart that makes the most sense to you. There is no wrong way to organize these terms, but it will help to consider which terms are general and which terms are more specific.
Algorithms are complex sets of instructions typically used by computers to execute a task or solve a problem, and they play a big role in the way we experience and view the world. Social media platforms, artificial intelligence, and search engines like Google all rely on algorithms to find, organize, and display content based on data these services collect on their users. In the video ‘Algorithms of Oppression’ Noble talks about how we perceive search results as “Objective/Fair/ Neutral," but, in reality there are many algorithmic controls that shape the results we see.
After watching the ‘Algorithms of Oppression’ video, reflect on the question below.