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Library Research Tutorial

Complete the tutorial modules below to learn how to successfully use library resources for research papers and projects. Questions? Ask Us!

  • Students -- if your professor requires you to complete the tutorial and quizzes: Read this
  • Faculty -- if you plan on using the tutorial in a course: Read this (and the student instructions)
  • Attention Mac users: If you use an Apple computer, check/change settings for Modules 1-2 and 5-6 to allow auto-play of tutorial
  • Any questions or comments about the tutorial? Ask us

1. How do I search? (7 minutes, 3 quiz questions)

  • Search logic

  • Research topic

  • Finding keywords

  • Initial search

2. What sources can I use? (7 minutes, 3 quiz questions)
  • Types of sources

  • College-level sources

  • Finding and evaluating sources

3. How do I find books in Andruss Library? * (8 minutes, 4 quiz questions)

  • Finding and using print and ebooks in Andruss Library

  • Locating a print book on the shelf

  • Checking out a print book

*Different format

4. How do I find articles in Andruss Library? * (9 minutes, 4 quiz questions)

  • Searching for articles on a topic using

    • Search Everything @ BU

    • Specialized databases on the Database A-Z & by Subject list

  • How to use Full Text Finder in any library database to get the full-text of an article

*Different format

5. How can I use the web? (12 minutes, 3 quiz questions)
  • Searching the web effectively

  • Using Google wisely

  • Evaluating web pages

  • Using Google Scholar

6. How do I cite sources? (15 minutes, 3 quiz questions)
  • Why cite?

  • What belongs in a citation?

  • Quick citation sources

  • RefWorks (intro)

To Instructors Using the Library Research Tutorial in a Course

The Library Research Tutorial (formerly the  General Library Research Tutorial or GLRT) is comprised of 6 modules, each with a quiz at the end. The entire tutorial takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete. Assign all or some of the online modules and quizzes to your students and have them print or save the module quiz results as PDFs. If you assign all modules, there is a single 20-question quiz which students can print or save as well.. 

Two of the modules -- Finding books in Andruss Library (Module 3) and Finding articles in Andruss Library (Module 4) --- may be used as a 'lite' version of the Library Research Tutorial. They provide a introduction to the library's catalog, BU Books & More, and its discovery search, Search Everything @ BU.

Please note: the tutorial is a work in progress, so feedback is welcome. If you have suggestions for revisions/deletions/additions, please let us know, using the Suggestion Box.

Thank you!

Andruss Library Faculty


The contents of the new General Library Research Tutorial may be reused with attribution. Please copy the following into new works based on the tutorial:

Adapted from an Information Literacy Tutorial licensed by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License, based on a work at Content has been substantially changed to reflect local practices and in some cases omitted for the sake of brevity.  

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