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Information & Research Literacy at UST: Framework 4: Research as Inquiry

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Research as Inquiry

Research is iterative and depends upon asking increasingly complex or new questions whose answers prompt additional questions or lines of inquiry in any field.

Practice open-ended exploration and engagement with information
Employ tools for inquiry

Develop research questions/topic selection, etc.

Consider what you know and what you need to explore further

Learning Outcomes (Search methods)


  • Formulate questions for research of an appropriate scope, based on information gaps or by reexamining existing information
  • Select research methodology(ies) based on need, circumstance, and type of inquiry
  • Evaluate information from a variety of perspectives in order to shape their own knowledge base
  • Demonstrate persistence, adaptability, and reflection as components of inquiry
  • Organize information systematically in order to reflect on inquiry