A. Welcome to the University LibraryB. Library DepartmentsC. University Library BookstacksD. Where Are the Journals?E. Computers in the University LibraryF. Study Spaces
A. What is Information?B. Common Information SourcesC. Popular vs. ScholarlyD. Recognizing Academic ArticlesE. Primary vs. Secondary
A. Choose a TopicB. Narrowing a TopicC. Define Your Information NeedsD. Search for InformationE. Evaluate Sources
A. Citing SourcesB. Plagiarism
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How to Start:

Welcome to the University of South Alabama Marx Library's Library Research Tutorial. This tutorial consists of three modules designed to help you develop your information-seeking and evaluation skills for your classes at USA.

To use this tutorial, begin with Module 1 and continue in order. Each module builds on the previous one. You do not have to complete all four modules in one sitting. This tutorial may take several hours to complete.


Module 1: Types of Information
Module 2: Developing a Research Strategy
Module 3: Using Information Ethically

If you are completing this tutorial as a class assignment, submit the appropriate assignment from the Assignment tab.


Tutorial Objectives:

This tutorial is designed to address the information literacy competency standards created by the Association of College & Research Libraries.

An information literate student:

  1. determines the nature and extent of the information needed
  2. accesses needed information effectively and efficiently
  3. evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system
  4. uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  5. understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally


Adapted for the University of South Alabama from:

  • Go for the Gold by James Madison University Libraries
  • General Library Research Tutorial of Bloomsburg University Pennsylvania's Harvey A. Andruss Library
  • Teaching Information Literacy: 35 Practical, Standards-Based Exercises for College Students by Joanna M. Burkhardt, Mary C. MacDonald, and Andreé J. Rathemacher (Chicago: American Library Association, 2003)

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Ellen Wilson
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Instructional Services Librarian
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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Emotionally Weird, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Franny and Zooey, Imogene's Antlers

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