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Objectives

Module 1: Choosing a Topic

This module covers topic selection and how to identify keywords to search your topic. When you have completed this module you should be able to:

  • narrow or broaden a topic
  • develop a research question
  • understand how a database is organized
  • identify keywords for a topic
  • use advanced searching techniques
  • recognize two types of library databases

Module 2: Identifying Sources

This module covers types of information sources you can use for your topic. When you have completed this section of InfoRM you should be able to:

  • identify a variety of information sources
  • select sources for research
  • identify characteristics of information on the Web
  • identify characteristics of library resources

Module 3: Using LUCAS

This module covers how to search LUCAS, the library catalog. When you have completed this module you should be able to:

  • know where to access LUCAS
  • know what kinds of materials are contained in the catalog
  • know the different search options in LUCAS and how to navigate the Basic Search page
  • find books on a topic using keyword search
  • know how to read a LUCAS document
  • find books on a topic using keyword search and its variations
  • know ways to refine a keyword search
  • find books by author
  • email, print, or save selected records from the catalog

Module 4: Finding Articles

This module covers how to use article indexes to identify articles on a subject. After completing this module you should be able to:

  • know what type of information is given in a database
  • distinguish between general and subject databases
  • use the Database Finder to choose appropriate databases
  • read database descriptions to determine appropriateness
  • distinguish between popular and scholarly periodicals
  • distinguish between primary and secondary sources
  • search a database to identify articles on a topic
  • narrow or broaden your search
  • locate the periodical that contains your article as full-text

Module 5: Using the Web

When you have completed this section on using web sources, you should be able to

  • understand the organization of the Internet
  • identify the major types of Web sites
  • use search engines and metasearch engines to search the Web
  • know some Web-searching tips
  • interpret and evaluate Web search results

Module 6: Citing Sources

This module covers citing sources, plagiarism, and copyright. When you have completed this module of InfoRM, you should be able to

  • recognize different parts of a citation
  • describe when to cite sources used in your work
  • list ways to avoid plagiarism
  • understand the reasons for copyright
Resources for Librarians and Educators, Credits
Original InfoRM material © 2011 by the Liberty University Jerry Falwell Library. This tutorial incorporates material from SBU Library Research Guide, a tutorial developed by the Stony Brook University Libraries, © 2004, from Inflite, a tutorial developed by IUPUI, © 2003, from Searchpath, a tutorial developed by the Western Michigan University Library, © 2001-2002, and from TILT, a tutorial developed by the Digital Information Literacy Office for the University of Texas System Digital Library, © 1998-2002. This material may be reproduced, distributed, or incorporated, provided that appropriate credit is given.