B. PILOT Library CatalogC. Library Stack GuideD. Circulation and ReservesE. Reference CollectionsF. Periodicals & ArticlesG. Online ResourcesH. Periodical Title ListI. Copying and PrintingJ. Study SpaceK. HelpL. Library Home Page**Self-Check**
A. Defining an Information NeedB. Information TypesC. Popular Magazines vs. Scholarly JournalsD. Media TypesE. Research Tools**Self-Check**
A. What is a Database?B. Types of DatabasesC. Selecting a DatabaseD. TruncationE. Boolean OperatorsF. NestingG. Keyword and Subject SearchingH. Field-Specific SearchingI. Phrase SearchingJ. Preparing for Keyword Searching**Self-Check**
A. Understanding CitationsB. Types of Citations**Self-Check**
A. Using Internet SourcesB. Useful Internet Information**Self-Check**
A. Why Evaluate?B. Evaluation Criteria**Self-Check**
A. Citing SourcesB. PlagiarismC. When to Cite SourcesD. Style ManualsE. Observing Fair Use**Self-Check**
A. Background ResearchB. Find Resources**Self-Check**
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How to Start

This tutorial consists of eight modules to help you develop your information-seeking and evaluation skills.  The tutorial takes between 2 - 4 hours and does not have to be completed in one sitting.

FIRST - Read the overall Learning Objectives for Tutorial (at right).

SECOND - Begin with Module 1 and read each module in order. Before beginning a module, read its learning objectives first.

THIRD - When you have read the entire tutorial, test your understanding and mastery of the concepts (see below for more information).

Tutorial Contents

Module 1 - Orientation to Andruss Library
Module 2 - Introduction to Types of Information
Module 3 - Searching a Database
Module 4 - Understanding Citations
Module 5 - Using Internet Sources
Module 6 - Evaluating Sources of Information
Module 7 - Information Ethics: Citing Sources and Fair Use
Module 8 - A Search Strategy for Research Papers and Speeches
GLRT Final Quiz - Assess your mastery of the General Library Research Tutorial

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Assess Your Mastery

Test your knowledge before you begin or after you complete a module by answering the Self-Check questions at the end of each module.

In addition, you may take the General Library Research Tutorial Final Quiz when you've completed the entire tutorial. Evidence that you've passed the Final Quiz (70% is passing) will be provided to the professor you indicated on the login screen (as shown below):


Learning Objectives for Tutorial






The tutorial overall prepares students to --

  • Determine when information is needed and find it efficiently using a variety of reference sources.
  • Evaluate the quality of the information.
  • Use the information effectively for an appropriate purpose.
  • Employ appropriate technologies to create an information-based product.
  • Use information ethically and legally.


Adapted from the Go for the Gold Tutorial, with permission from the James Madison University Libraries.

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