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Summary, references and further reading


In this section we have introduced elicitation techniques as a way of identifying research questions. We have suggested that these techniques can be useful for other aspects of research, such as formulating a search strategy and organising your personal information collection. We have also suggested where to find further information.


Buzan, T. (1989) Use Your Head (3rd edn), London, BBC Books.

The Open University (1999) B822 Creativity, Innovation and Change, Technique Library, Milton Keynes, The Open University.

Pilerot, O. (2004) ‘Information literacy education for PhD students – a case study’, Nord I&F, Knowledge and Change, pp. 92-8; also available online at (Accessed 7 December 2005).

Webber, S. (2002) ‘Mapping a path to the empowered searcher’ in Graham, C. (ed.) Online Information 2002: Proceedings: 3–5 December 2002, Oxford, Learned Information Europe, pp. 177–81; also available online at (Accessed 23 November 2005).

Further reading

Gedeon, R. (1998) 'Accessing the right brain with bibliographic instruction', Research Strategies, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 259-69. OU students can access this online via the OU Library's A-Z listing of electronic journals.

Higgins, J.M. (1994) 101 Creative Problem Solving Techniques: The Handbook of New Ideas for Business, Winter Park, FL, New Management Pub. Co.

Brainstorming – (Accessed 7 December 2005).

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