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Introduction to Library Research

By providing an overview of the research process, this tutorial is designed to help you learn the features of a university library and to help you more effectively use the tools and resources you already know.

Welcome to the Introduction to Library Research Tutorial

How can this tutorial help?

By providing an overview of the research process, this tutorial is designed to help you learn the features of a university library and to help you more effectively use the tools and resources you already know. We've tried to be informative and somewhat informal and have provided you with examples and links to what we are discussing.

How do I navigate through this tutorial?

The tabs on the left of the page list the main sections. In each section, there is a drop-down menu of the subsections.  At the bottom of each page, you'll find the link to the next section in the tutorial. 

If during the tutorial you encounter a word underlined with yellow dashes, you will be able to find a definition of the word in the Glossary of Library and Research Terms.

All links to pages outside of the tutorial (such as databases or BearCat records) will open up in new windows.

Quiz

At the end of this tutorial, there is a quiz over the concepts. If your instructor has assigned the quiz, follow their directions on whether to email or print out your scores. Even if you have not been assigned the quiz by an instructor, you are free to take it to test yourself on what you have learned.

How can I get further help?

This introduction is only the tip of the iceberg in learning about the library. Please make sure to check out our other tutorials, seminars and workshops, our online help, and to get to know the subject librarian for your major. We've got more information and tips to share based on your major than we could ever put in an introductory tutorial. So dive in and be ready to check with us for more help when you need it.