This self-paced tutorial (eLearning object) takes students through key skills and ideas that form the foundation of library-based research. Students work through six sections: search vs. research, types of information, keyword development, the library search, evaluating information, and citing sources. Each section includes text and a brief video, and encourages students to practice the highlighted skills. After reviewing the tutorial, students are required to complete a skills challenge in Blackboard.
After this activity, students will be able to:
- Describe the difference between searching and researching for academic work
- Identify different types of information and their distinct purpose
- Recognize the importance of keywords in research and apply keyword brainstorming to concepts
- Practice using Humber Libraries' Discover search tool to find sources of information
- Evaluate information found through the Library and online
- Apply APA citation to information found through the Library
Skill Type: Research
Delivery Method: eLearning
Ideal Audience: Students with little/no research experience
Time Required: 45 minutes
Link: Library Research Tutorial: The Basics
Best Practice: This tutorial is best assigned to students as an exercise completed outside of class; credit for participation and in-class take up is also recommended.
Technology Required: A computer is required to complete the tutorial. Smartphones are not recommended. Contact your librarian for the skills challenge activity and corresponding answer sheet.