How to Search and Find

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Use the following groupings of tutorials and guides to learn how to search for information. This page is an attempt to organize instructional tools and materials so that they can be used to meet or enhance one or more of the ACRL Information Literacy Competencies. The tools can serve as a starting point to learn information and strategies related to the competency.

  1. Need help deciding what you're looking for or what type of information you need?
    AKA "Determine the extent of information needed"
  2. Need to know where to look for information and how best to do it?
    AKA "Access the needed information effectively and efficiently"
  3. Need to know how to tell useful information from not so useful information?
    AKA "Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base"
  4. Need help in creating something with the information you search for?
    AKA "Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose"
    • Use the Research Log handout to figure out your topic, identify words to search with, find the information you need, and cite your sources in a bibliography.
    • Watch this tutorial on conducting a Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students to see how to create a list of sources on your topic (9 minute screencast; produced by North Carolina State University Libraries; 2009).

  5. Need guidance on using information appropriately?
    AKA "Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surounding use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally"
Be sure to see the Video Tutorials and Research Guides & Tools pages for a fuller list of resources. Or ask a librarian!