UNIT 1

Welcome to the Information Age

How do you know where to look for what?
· Do you know what you’re looking for? · The Flow of Information · What is research?

UNIT 2

Starting Your Search

Putting the research process to work
· An introduction to a 10-step process · Examples of the research process in action

UNIT 3

What All Libraries Have

How you find things in a library
· What is a Library? · Call Numbers · Interlibrary Loans · Finding: Books, Periodicals… · Library Instruction

UNIT 4

A Primer on Databases and Catalogs

Finding things in an electronic format
· What is a database? · Search types: keyword, boolean, natural language, proximity operators, truncation/wildcard

UNIT 5

The Great GALILEO

A tool to find articles
· Getting Around in GALILEO · General vs. Specific categories · Getting Your Password

UNIT 6

GIL

A tool to find books
· GIL’s Help · A Tour of GIL · Online Renewals and Recalls · Step-by-Step Examples

UNIT 7

Tips for Using the Internet

What is this creature?
· A Brief History · Searching · Evaluating Internet Information · GALILEO vs. the Web

UNIT 8

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

Copyright, citing and the perils of plagiarism
· Why should you cite? · Style Manuals · Where you give credit · Copyright Law · Fair Use

UNIT 9

Evaluating Sources

Can I really trust this information?
· Initial appraisal · Content analysis · Evaluating Web Sources

UNIT 10

For Distance Education Students

· Obtaining a library card · Services available to distance students