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General Library Research Tutorial

Fundamental concepts and vocabulary used in library and information research.

Research Tools

 Research Tools

 

By using the following research tools, you can efficiently find the information you need:

 

Library catalogs.  Search library catalogs to find books, government documents, maps, etc. that have been carefully selected and purchased for the library's collection.  The catalog for Andruss Library is Primo. The material in Primo has been selected to meet the needs of your assignments.

 

Research databases allow you to search for high quality materials that are carefully selected and organized in a way that makes it easy for you to find exactly what you need.  The best way to find articles from journals, magazines and newspapers is to search research databases.  Click here to access the list of research databases available, arranged by subject, through Andruss Library.

 

Internet Search Engines, like Google, allow you to search the Internet for your topic.  You can quickly find items of true value, but they are mixed in with items of little or no value. It can be time consuming to sift, sort, and select before you find something truly useful.  You can also try Google Scholar, which limits to items from scholarly journals, etc.

 

End of Module 2. Check your knowledge with a Self-Check Quiz before going to Module 3.  

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