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Information Competency Requirement: Prepare with these Tutorials

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Recommended Tutorials

CSM's Information Competency Requirement has several student objectives:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally


Based on these objectives, the CSM Library has selected several self-paced online tutorials to help CSM students prepare for the completing the Information Competency Equivalency Exam:

Top pick:

CSM Library Information Competency Video Tutorials (CSM Library) Easy to follow and easy to understand videos makes learning about research and information competency a piece of cake!


Other tutorials:

Information Skills and Academic Integrity Tutorial (University of Newcastle, Australia) - Sections on using information ethically, plagiarism, and evaluating the information you find.

Research Planning 101 (Cal Poly SLO, Kennedy Library) - Cal Poly's tutorial (still in beta) will help you simplify your research project — helping you to focus on your assignment and determine the best resources (and how to find them) for your project.

Tutorial for Information Power (TIP) (University of Wyoming) - Think strategically about information and the processes of: investigating a topic, searching for information, locating the information in the library; evaluating the quality of information; and using the information in papers, speeches, or projects. Flash/video.

Recommended Reading

Hacker, Diana, and Barbara Fister. Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010. Print.

ISBN: 9780312566722 The textbook is available in the reference and circulating collection. You can also find this book at

Quaratiello, Arlene Rodda, and Jane Devine. The College Student's Research Companion: Finding, Evaluating, and Citing the Resources You Need to Succeed. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2011. Print.

ISBN: 9781555707293 This textbook is available for 2 hour loan from the Reserve Collection.