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General Library Research Tutorial

Fundamental concepts and vocabulary used in library and information research.

How to Start

The Andruss Library's 'General Library Research Tutorial' consists of eight modules to help you develop your information-seeking and evaluation skills for your BU courses.  The tutorial takes between 2 - 4 hours and can be completed over time.

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

Answer the Self-Check questions before beginning a module or taking the General Library Research Tutorial Final (GLRT) Quiz. After you complete the General Library Research Tutorial Final (GLRT) Quiz your score (70% is passing) will be sent to the professor you indicate, as shown below:


Contact an Andruss Library Tutorial Team member with questions or comments:


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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.

General Library Research Tutorial by Andruss Library is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


An article about the development of our General Library Research Tutorial was published in the July/August 2010 issue of "College & Research Libraries News." Since then, libraries from around the world have contacted us to use our tutorial.

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