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LIBR 4 (Rippel) - College Research Techniques

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Course Overview

Introduction to basic research techniques in a college library. Focus on use of the library catalog, search strategies, organization of materials in the library including reference, faculty reserves, circulating books, audiovisuals, use of reference materials, evaluation of relevant resources, recognition of plagiarism, and bibliographic citation of books, audiovisuals, and magazines and journals.

Why the library?

When you search Google or other free search engines, you are only searching a small fraction of all of the information in existence.  There is much of the web that these search engines just cannot access.  Unlike these search engines, the library, through its online and physical collections, provides access to costly published materials, like books and articles that Google cannot provide access to, due to copyright restrictions. Published materials have gone through the expense and editing of the publishing process, which lends them a higher credibility (and expense). The college library specializes in providing you with free & efficient access to the expensive scholarly information that you need to use for academic research projects.

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Examples of resources you might use for a research project:

  • Peer Reviewed Articles - find using library catalog and periodical databases
  • Scholarly Articles - find using library catalog and periodical databases
  • Books - find using the library catalog and eBook database
  • Reference - Find using library ereference databases and library catalog
  • Videos/educational DVDs - Find using library catalog and video databases
  • Credible websites - Find using Google
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