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Global Citizenship GNED 500 Research Guide

Welcome to Centennial College's GNED500 research guide. This guide will introduce you to the resources needed to successfully complete your papers and assignments.

Search Strategy

Step1: Find out more about this topic

• Canadian Points of View Reference Centre, Wikipedia, Google

• Encyclopedias/Dictionary 

• Course material (GNED 500 global citizenship: from social analysis to social action)


Step 2: Start Defining the Research Topic/Question

• Ask: What about Terrorism and Canada do I want to investigate?

• Ask: Who, What, Where, When, Why

• Look at the assignment handout and course textbook to assist

Step 3: Identify Key Concepts/Keywords

• Canada

• surveillance
• public safety
• terrorism                          
• Bill C-51                       
• privacy                             
• civil liberties         
• Canadian Charter of Human Rights

Step 4: Find Articles

• Select a database appropriate 

• Refine results by year of publication, controlled vocabulary

Step 5: Find a newspaper article

 • Refine results

Surveillance in Canada

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Encompassing inquiry, discovery, and flexibility, searching identifies both possible relevant sources and how to access those sources. Searching is a contextualized, complex experience that affects, and is affected by, the cognitive, affective, and social dimensions of the searcher.

  • Reflect on search process in order to refine the search and persist regardless of challenges encountered.
  • Search strategically using keywords or controlled vocabulary and considering and selecting systems to search
  • Identify how the information systems are organized in order to retrieve relevant information. 

Activity: Keyword Strategic Searching

With research groups, use the Strategic Searching Worksheet to identify keywords in order to retrieve relevant information in the library catalogue and databases.

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