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This interactive, self-paced tutorial is designed to help students learn about the research process.

Full tutorial

There are four (4) modules that complete this tutorial.  All four modules will take about 30 minutes to complete.

After completing all of the modules, you’ll be able

  • Understand the goal(s) of your assignment
  • Determine the information you need
  • Explain how knowledge is created over time
  • Find the information you need in the library

Please note that while this tutorial has graded quizzes for the learner to get feedback, there is no way for the scores to be recorded. Those who complete the tutorial can generate a certificate of completion, but the individual quiz answers will not be recorded. If you’d like to assign this tutorial to a class and have the scores recorded for a grade, please send an email with your request to AskALibrarian@library.claremont.edu

Module 1: Understand Your Assignment

This module should take about 10 minutes to complete.

By the end of this module, you’ll be able to

  • Explain what your assignment is asking you to do
  • Choose your topic
  • Modify the scope of your topic

Please note that while this tutorial has graded quizzes for the learner to get feedback, there is no way for the scores to be recorded. Those who complete the tutorial can generate a certificate of completion, but the individual quiz answers will not be recorded. If you’d like to assign this tutorial to a class and have the scores recorded for a grade, please send an email with your request to AskALibrarian@library.claremont.edu

Module 2: Types of Information

This module should take about 10 minutes to complete.

By the end of this module, you will be able to

  • Recall that information is classified into different types
  • Recognize that different disciplines use distinct information sources
  • Explain how information is created over time after an event
  • Identify the information sources available on your topic

Please note that while this tutorial has graded quizzes for the learner to get feedback, there is no way for the scores to be recorded. Those who complete the tutorial can generate a certificate of completion, but the individual quiz answers will not be recorded. If you’d like to assign this tutorial to a class and have the scores recorded for a grade, please send an email with your request to AskALibrarian@library.claremont.edu

Module 3: Search Strategies

This module will take about 10 minutes to complete.

After completing this module, you’ll be able

  • Explain why search strategies are necessary
  • Describe key search strategies
  • Break your topic down into keywords
  • Describe how to apply the operators AND, OR, NOT, asterisk, and quotation marks, in your database search to produce targeted results
  • Revise your search based on the results

Please note that while this tutorial has graded quizzes for the learner to get feedback, there is no way for the scores to be recorded. Those who complete the tutorial can generate a certificate of completion, but the individual quiz answers will not be recorded. If you’d like to assign this tutorial to a class and have the scores recorded for a grade, please send an email with your request to AskALibrarian@library.claremont.edu

Module 4: Find Books, Articles, and Media

This module should take about 5 minutes to complete.

By the end of this module, you will be able to

  • Describe how to conduct a broad search across all of the library’s resources
  • Choose the specific database(s) best for your topic
  • Remember how to request items that the library doesn’t have

Please note that while this tutorial has graded quizzes for the learner to get feedback, there is no way for the scores to be recorded. Those who complete the tutorial can generate a certificate of completion, but the individual quiz answers will not be recorded. If you’d like to assign this tutorial to a class and have the scores recorded for a grade, please send an email with your request to AskALibrarian@library.claremont.edu

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