A. The Research ProcessB. What's Topic Analysis?C. The World of InformationD. Popular vs. Scholarly SourcesE. Selecting & Finding Resources
A. What is a Database, Anyway?B. Search VocabularyC. Search MechanicsD. Fields and Limiters
A. Books & Call NumbersB. Audio-Visual Materials
A. Evaluating ResultsB. Getting Your Hands On ItC. Creating CitationsD. Ethics
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Learning Outcomes

This tutorial overall prepares students to:

  • Approach information research in a systematic way
  • Address an information need by finding and efficiently using a variety of formal information tools and sources.
  • Evaluate the quality of the information.
  • Use information ethically and legally.


College.  Classes.  Research Papers.

Let's imagine that you've been asked to write a research paper about theme parks.

If your usual strategy is to use Google, we've got news:

      Academic research means you need to step it up.

As you complete the tutorial, you will:

  • learn about search tools, including library databases, that contain resources not found in Google; and
  • acquire research skills that can be used anywhere!

Why does this matter? Because, put simply:

better research skills = better information = better research project

Don't settle for mediocre resources!  Improve your final grade by using the highest quality sources you can find.  Let's get started!

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Web Sources

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