RES 500 OL - Research Strategies


prepared by William Badke (REVISED August 2012)

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Research Strategies is the online version of the course taught by William Badke on the campus of Associated Canadian Theological Schools.


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Research Strategies: Finding Your Way through the Information Fog, 4th ed. (Bloomington, IN:, 2011), ISBN: 9781462010172 ($20.95US). It has also been released in full version as an Adobe e-book, ISBN: 9781462010189 ($9.95 US).

Research Strategies is available for various e-book readers. See

To purchase the paper edition, see the TWU Bookstore, various vendors like Amazon, Amazon Canada, Barnes & Noble, or the publisher:


Use of the Course:

Research Strategies may be taken by individual students through  Associated Canadian Theological Schools (graduate level). 

 Please note that, while the course is not password protected,  any unauthorized use of this course or adaptations of it by institutions is a breach of copyright and thus not permitted.

About the Course:

This course uses a strategies approach by which the student can begin with a topic about which s/he knows nothing and proceed through a series of steps to produce both a research question/thesis and a bibliography which provides the information needed to address the chosen issue. There is extensive introduction to databases, including the Internet. The "research" in Research Strategies is informational research which is done in preparation for term papers and literature reviews, rather than field or experimental research such as that found in the social sciences and sciences. 

Throughout the course, process is more important than product. In today‚Äôs information age, the ability to navigate through data without getting lost is worth more than gold. The training provided here will help the student to develop a set of strategies which are applicable to any kind of informational research.  Process (strategy-building) is more important than product.

We live in a time when the ability to sift through all the information coming our way, decide what is important and use that information to address key issues, is a life skill that no one should be without. All too many professors in higher education settings assume that students will develop research ability on their own. Most students simply do not. They flounder from one research assignment to another until someone finally offers some training. That is the task of this course.

For more information, see Conditions of Use, or have a look at the introduction to the course and the first assignment under Assignments.  Contact:

Associated Canadian Theological Schools, 7600 Glover Road, Langley, BC, Canada V2Y 1Y1, or e-mail

Institutions please note again that permission is required before you may use this course or adaptations of it in your own setting. See Conditions of Use for information.  

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