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Tutorial on identifying the information need, selecting sources, locating information, evaluating information, citing sources

Research Foundations Tutorial

The following PowerPoint tutorial is modified from Texas Information Literacy Tutorial (TILT), which is designed to teach undergraduates fundamental research skills, covers the selection of appropriate information sources; effective searching of library databases and the Internet; and the location, evaluation and citation of information.

This tutorial is designed to guide you through the library research process. When you complete this tutorial you will be able to select a topic, identify the information you need, select and located appropriate library resources, evaluate the information you find, and correctly cite the documents you use. 

The tutorial consists of six modules. Each contains five to twelve pages of information and concludes with a quiz. Pass the quiz and receive a certificate verifying that you have successfully complete the tutorial. Please allow 30-40 minutes to complete the tutorial.

1) Module 1: Getting Started ( 5 slides). Students will be able to select a topic and use brainstorming technique.

2) Module 2: Identifying the Information Need (5 slides). Students will be able to identify the needed information type: articles/books/newspaper/website; primary/secondary sources; Scholarly Journals V. magazines.

3) Module 3: Selecting Sources (9 slides). Students will be able to select the right resources to use from Journal articles, Popular/general interest magazines, Newspaper articles, Books, Government resources, Non-print materials (microfilm, microfiche), Online library resources, and Internet sources.

4) Module 4: Locating Information (8 slides). Students will be able to use subject, author, title, keyword to locate information.

5) Module 5: Evaluating Information (12 slides). Students will be able to determine the quality and usefulness of material by assessing authorship, publisher or sponsoring entity; bia, purpose, and point of view; currency of information, and references and authentication.

6) Module 6: Citing Sources (5 slides).  Students will learn what academic dishonesty is and the elements of citation. sort of information they might find in library databases and will understand when to use them appropriately for research.

7) Quiz. "Information Literacy Quiz: Would you pass?": With 15 Questions and a certificate.

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