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ENGL 100 YAH 50618 with Vincent Fitzgerald 8:10 - 10:15 am - MTW, SUMMER 2022: Information Research Skills

This Libguide supports students research needs in the summer 2022 ENGL 100 taught by Vincent Fitzgerald *:10 -10:15 am MTW

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Savvy Essential Tips for Using and Learning to Use Research Resources

The essential applied research skills can be learned in this guide in approximately 100 minutes. Downloadable PDF handouts are included.

This Libguide is presented in 4 sections:

  • Essentials Tips to using Library resources
  • 3 Tips for using Library databases
  • Effective Boolean Searching
  • Domain limited Google Searching
  • Web evaluation techniques.


Consider “library databases” as the primary tool that you use.

  • Use of  a “library database” generally means you do not need to apply brain power to determine whether or not the content is reliable, accurate, or presented by someone with authority.  Nothing is perfect, but the probability is high in library databases that bad papers are retracted and honest mistakes are corrected and acknowledged.
  • When using library databases published by EBSCO the search system will help suggest synonyms for your search. This can be very helpful when starting. Most library databases will produce a MLA or APA citation for you.

Out of habit you may want to start to orientate yourself with a search in Google. If you do, conduct a domain-limited Google search to filter out poor quality sources.

  • Internet sources should used be a complement to Library databases. Authoritative and accurate web-based content can provide in some cases provide more up-to-date content that than found in library databases.
  • For each web based resource you use, you must be able to evaluate the source for expertise and quality.
  • For web content be prepared to write your own citation.

Make use of the Library Research Assistance Service (Reference Service)