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This information literacy tutorial takes the user through the library research process. It provides tips and instruction on topics ranging from selecting a research topic, searching for journal articles, and citing material.
Material Type: Tutorial
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: February 20, 2001
Date Modified in MERLOT: October 15, 2015
Submitter: Eric Acree


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Primary Audience: College General Ed
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Language: English
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Avatar for Inés Gil-Jaurena
2 years ago

Inés Gil-Jaurena (Faculty)

Very useful tips for students. Written and audiovisual formats for presenting useful and clear info is a positive aspect.

The assignment calculator can help students in stablishing a timetable and following the steps in their research projects.

The specific info about searching materials in the University at Buffalo Libraries is perhaps the less transferable section for other students, anyway it could be similar to other searching engines in other catalogues.

I would recommend the site for students in their early stage of graduate/postgraduate studies. This material covers basic aspects for developing good assignments.

Time spent reviewing site: One hour

Avatar for Sally Palmer
12 years ago

Sally Palmer (Faculty)

I spent the better part of an hour reviewing this site for use with college
freshmen during their research paper unit. I was very impressed with its
organization and layout: it would be very easy for students to navigate through
the site, finding the particular topics they wanted. There are illustrations
and links that help make the material readable and provide opportunity for
students to try out the sources referred to. The material is very basic: any
student could understand what is being presented.
Unfortunately, the links on this site to scholarly databases are (necessarily)
proprietary. Therefore, students at other colleges will be unable to access
from this site the kind of authoritative, scholarly material most teachers
prefer they use for their research papers. The value of this site is thus
limited for students at large.

Technical Remarks:

At one point the link is provided to a site called I was
concerned lest this be one of those ready-made sites freshmen are so fond of,
that provide topics with pre-selected quotes and sources they can use in their
paper without searching for them themselves. I couldn't get the link to work,
though; nor could I access this site by typing in the URL given, so I still
don't know what kind of site this is.
Used in course