Library Research Tutorial: The Basics

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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
Level: Foundational
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.

Students can borrow the equipment listed below from the Library or Learning Commons. Bring your student card to the relevant desk to get the items.