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General Library Research Tutorial

Fundamental concepts and vocabulary used in library and information research.

A. Defining an Information Need

Defining an Information Need 


The best way to begin a search for information is to define your information need. You may need an overview, a comprehensive search of research on a topic, a quick reference to a fact, or an in-depth treatment. Once you decide what information you need, you can select the types of sources that will fit your need.

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