START

The Basics of College-Level Research

Why Not Google?


Objectives:
  • Discover the basic steps of college-level research
  • Understand why library resources will retrieve better information for your research than a Web search engine
Approximate time: 25 minutes

Refine the Topic

Develop a Search Strategy


Objectives:
  • Use concept mapping in order to refine a topic for a paper or project
  • Create a search strategy to use with library search tools in order to find credible information

Approximate time: 20 minutes
GATHER I

Finding Books in the Catalog

Locating Books in the Libraries


Objectives:
  • Learn to find books in the libraries' catalog
  • Understand how to locate print material in the libraries
 
Approximate time: 15 minutes
GATHER II

Finding Articles

Choosing & Searching Databases


Objectives:
  • Learn to use a library database to find articles on your topic
  • Identify subject-specific databases
  • Learn strategies to use in database searches
Approximate time: 25 minutes
EVALUATE

Evaluating Information

Scholarly vs Popular


Objectives:
  • Identify the criteria and strategies for evaluating the sources you are considering using in your research
  • Recognize the differences between scholarly and popular sources
Approximate time: 20 minutes
CITE

Why Cite?

How Do I Cite?


Objectives:
  • Understand the reasons for citing your sources
  • Identify the elements of a citation and where to find them in the source records

Approximate time: 15 minutes
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