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Overview

Overview

Section 1 – Types of Information Sources

This section covers types of information sources you can use for your research paper.  When you have completed this section you should be able to…

  • identify a variety of information sources
  • distinguish between popular and scholarly periodicals
  • identify characteristics of information on the Web
  • identify characteristics of library resources

Section 2 – Constructing Search Queries

In this section you will learn how to identify subject terms and/or keywords to search your topic.  When you have completed this section you should be able to…

  • write a topic question or sentence
  • identify keywords for a topic
  • use connectors and truncation in constructing a search
  • understand the difference between keyword and subject searching

Section 3 – Finding Books

This section covers how to search a library catalog.  When you have completed this section you should be able to:

  • recognize that a library catalog contains more than books
  • find books on a topic using the Advanced search
  • find books by title, author, or subject heading
  • read a call number and use it to find items in the library

Section 4 – Finding Articles

This section covers how to use article indexes to identify articles on a subject.  After completing this section you should be able to:

  • distinguish between popular and scholarly periodicals
  • choose an article index appropriate to your information need
  • use it to identify an article on a topic

Section 5 – Using the Web

When you have completed this section, you should be able to:

  • understand the organization of the Internet
  • identify the major types of Web sites
  • use search engines and metasearch engines to search the Web
  • interpret and evaluate Web search engine results

Section 6 – Citing Sources

This section covers citing sources, plagiarism, and copyright.  When you have completed this section, you should be able to:

  • recognize the different parts of a citation
  • describe when to cite sources used in your work
  • list ways to avoid plagiarism
  • understand the reasons for copyright

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