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Research Methods and Online Research [Covers COP Certificate Requirement] Printable Ver.3.0 English

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This coursebook is developed as a Self-Study Training Guide and will serve to assist you in preparing for the Research Methods and Online Research Certification of Subject Proficiency Exam. The book is a comprehensive instructional text with examples, citations of cases and case laws application in ...Read more
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This coursebook is developed as a Self-Study Training Guide and will serve to assist you in preparing for the Research Methods and Online Research Certification of Subject...


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This coursebook is developed as a Self-Study Training Guide and will serve to assist you in preparing for the Research Methods and Online Research Certification of Subject Proficiency Exam. The book is a comprehensive instructional text with examples, citations of cases and case laws application in real life cases. The book has practice exam questions and answers that will prepare students for the certification exam.

This module has two 2 separate sections [includes seven (7) units]

1. Research Methods

The Research Methods includes fundamentals of conventional research. The approach explained in this section covers the industry’s research standards, conventions and methods applied by traditional research practitioners.

2. Internet Research

The Internet Research is considered a core section for the CIRS examination - This section of the course identifies the various challenges of digital information era and explains the techniques and approach to accessing information of the Internet. It provides insight of search engine behavior and responses upon sending search query to its indexed pages - it highlights the techniques and methods of how to formulate and structure search queries in your browser.

Please note: Passing of this course will earn you a credit for the CIRS examination module 2, in case you choose to prepare for CIRS Certification exam.

1. Research Methods – [ Section (1) Module 2]

Research Methods & Methodologies – Unit 3

Research work in the new digital information era has created an opportunity, as well as a responsibility for many of us: to explore and learn new research skills to access this information. While connecting people, information, and technology in effective and innovative ways is a learned skill for information users today - a basic knowledge of Standard Research Methods and Methodology is what makes the solid foundation for your research.

Topics Covered in this Unit

The research method is the procedure or technique applied by the researcher to undertake research. On the other hand, research methodology is a system of methods, used scientifically for solving the research problem. The scope of research methodology is wider than that of research method, as the latter is the part of the former. For understanding the research problem thoroughly, the researcher should know the research methodology the research methods.

  • Research Profession, Purpose and Research Market
  • Research Types, Methods, and Philosophies
  • Research Methodologies
Research Planning – Unit 4
Internet Research Challenges & Online Data Collection Methods – Unit 5

2. Internet Research – [ Section (2) Module 2]

Information of the Internet – Unit 6

Even though the Information can come from virtually anywhere and in any form — from media, blogs, personal experiences, books, journal and magazine articles, expert opinions, encyclopedias, and web pages. The type of information you need will change depending on the research question you are trying to answer or solve. Nearly two-thirds of users across our seven developed nations according to polls, said they use a search engine to look for news or search facts online at least once a day. However, not all Internet resources will necessarily deliver the most suitable or reliable information for many of us. Therefore, an online researcher must critically analyze and assess the usefulness and reliability of what is available on the web as content. In this unit, we will discuss how and where to find reliable information on the Internet.

Topics Covered in this Unit

  • Information Sourcing Concise Plan Outline
    • Information Gathering Approach
    • Information Sourcing Approach
  •  Information Types and Source Classification
  • Understanding Difference between Search Engines Database and Library System Database
  • Information of the Internet – Deep Web, Dark Web and the Visible Web or Surface Web
  • Source of Free Information on the Internet – Explains Types of Free Information of the Web
  • Free Information and the Copyrights Issues of the Internet Content
  • Evaluation of Internet’s Free Information – Methods and Approach
  • Specialized Search Engines – Classification, Types and Advantages
  • Categorized Information Resources of the Internet.
    • Statistics and Opinions Websites
    • Market Research Agencies
    • Online Automated Data Collectors (Automated Bots Crawler Software)
    • Information and Data from Public Records and Archives
      Online Information Archives and Online Database (Paid Subscriptions)
    • Specialized Websites. Portals and Forums (E.g. Public Reviews, Consumer Reports, Social Media, Personal Blogs, News Articles, Freelance Writers and Citizen Journalism Etc.).
  • Types of Restricted Online Information not available for General Public
Reading Search Engine Result Pages [SERP]– Unit 7
Advance Internet Search Methods & Techniques – Unit 8
Browser Adjustments & Personalization – Unit 9

Inclusive Online Training Resources

Online resources provide a variety of tools you can use to supplement the Official Courseware. This course contains the following online resources:

Exam Guide

Exam Guide

A guide that is all about suggesting approach and tips for passing your exams. The topics in this guide are based on feedback and most common questions asked by other candidates. It identifies topics that most students find difficult to comprehend and suggest the best approach to overcome difficulty barrier.

Online Mock Exams

Online Mock Exams

Registered students can practice real mock exams that simulate the exact same final exam pattern and similar questions. Questions are rotated at random in each section of the exams as you will find in real exams with exam re-takes. 

Online Exam Preparation Support

Online Exam Preparation Support

Students are given an online chat support by appointment to orient them and guide them for study programs and to answer their concerns and questions about the CIRS examination. [This is not a tutoring support, but a live guide from our Course Development and Examination Board volunteer members]

Unlimited Access to Research Paper & Videos

Unlimited Access to Research Paper & Videos

Access to AIRS online available research papers and subject related video clips - These are a collection of links from external sources.  Students will find these useful as references that assist in clarifying and learning concepts and topics that are part of the CIRS exam curriculum.

Supplemental Notes

Supplemental Notes

These are the learning material that is included as information and notes that either compliment the main topics in the syllabus or assist with difficult and complex topics that require elaboration or further explanations for students.

Note: The hard copies of the Self-Study Guide are available for purchase by students in the Americas, Western Europe, Australia, and Oceania only. International students who order the electronic version of the course will receive the electronic (non-printable) online version of the Self-Study Guide and Workbook.

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