How to Start
Welcome to the Andruss Library's 'General Library Research Tutorial'. The 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 does not have to be completed in one sitting.
FIRST - Read the overall Learning Objectives for Tutorial (at right).
SECOND - Begin with Module 1 and read each module in order. Before beginning a module, read its learning objectives first.
THIRD - When you have read the entire tutorial, test your understanding and mastery of the concepts (see below for more information).
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
Assess Your Mastery
Test your knowledge before you begin or after you complete a module by answering the Self-Check questions at the end of each module.
In addition, you may take the General Library Research Tutorial Final Quiz when you've completed the entire tutorial. Evidence that you've passed the Final Quiz (70% is passing) will be provided to the professor you indicated on the login screen (as shown below):
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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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, courtesy of the James Madison University Libraries.