Unit 2 Discussion 1

Topics: Writing, Information literacy, Critical thinking Pages: 1 (385 words) Published: January 29, 2015
How did you begin your search process and how did you determine your key words? I started my search by first rereading the information in the library research guide COUN5004. After reading other learners posts in the previous discussions feeds. I researched several search engines to narrow down my topic of interest. I also found that Google Scholar as well as the Capella library very helpful with narrowing down topics of interest.

Some of the research and information literacy skills you learned from the library's RAILS resource. Research and information literacy skills take time to cultivate. I will continue to develop and refine these skills throughout this course. This assignment provided me the opportunity to practice and improve my current skills.

Some of the writing and APA skills you learned from the Personal Writing Assessment. What I learned from the writing assessment, that formal writing requires a firm foundation in English sentence construction, usage, and punctuation. I also learned that a scientific writing style also provides a tool that sharpens critical thinking about ideas and evaluation of conclusions.

The research and writing strengths you identified for yourself. My strengths are definitely my grammar and vocabulary. I'm also pretty good at making a valid point. My ability to re-tell what was just read and predicts what may happen based on what has happened.

The areas you identified as challenges.
My biggest problem is figuring out how to write what I am thinking. I have never been proficient at this task. It looks good to me when I read it, but when I turn the paper over to someone else; they do not find the point I was trying to convey. Typically, I have to verbally express the meaning of the paper to them. This is the area in which I would like excel this class.

How you might address your challenges as you prepare for graduate learning. Communicate with experienced instructors, researchers and other learners in the...
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