Library research skills and information literacy

Got questions about doing college-level research?

This site has answers.

(If you are enrolled in “IDS 102: Information Literacy Proficiency”, be sure to login to Canvas to access the course materials.)

Ask better questions

Provides practical approaches to help you better understanding assignments and for choosing topics for your projects.

Information universe

Helps you understand how to identify the wide range of available information sources, plus explains the appropriate uses for different information sources.

Search basics

Suggests fundamental tactics that can make the search process go more smoothly.

Advanced search

Provides advanced search techniques to help you meet the higher standard that  college-level schoolwork and that the workplace demands.

Find books

Explains how to identify books that are relevant to your project, plus shows how to find those books (on the shelf and online).

Find articles

Clarifies how electronic databases make it easier to find scholarly and popular articles related to your project. (And explains how to access full text articles).

Fake news and information deception

Discusses the impacts of fabricated and manipulated information and provides practical tools for identifying misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation.

Choose credible sources

Defines what it means for a source to be “credible,” explains why it is so important to use credible sources, and shows how you can tell if a source is credible.

Make citations

Explains the importance of bibliography and citation information, plus shows how to provide accurate information about the sources you use.

Librarians can help

Discusses how librarians can play a valuable role in helping students find information and refine their information skills.