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Research and Information Literacy

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The essential library resources for learning, research, and creativity.


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Prime Researcher Resources

The Catalog-Search, Databases, and LibGuides are the most prominent research resources.

Note: Each search bar may have varying scope and focus. The catalog and databases also house creative and entertaining content.

The Catalog-Search allows you to browse and seek any items in all content types, to see availability, and to use the interaction options for the resource (print, email, cite, download, save, etc.).

Databases typically contain a variety of discipline-based journals (periodicals), which publish scholarly articles. Many scholarly publications are peer-reviewed, and are intended for other researchers or experts in the discipline to critique or build upon. Some databases contain labs, ebooks, and other digital media. Most databases require access using either your Blackboard login credentials or a library card.

LibGuides are librarian-curated websites featuring library resources and educational content intended for faculty, students, and other researchers. Guides can be either informational (guides about library research, resources, and services) or research (specific curriculum-based guides).

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ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

Authority is Constructed and Contextual

Information resources reflect their creators’ expertise and credibility, and are evaluated based on the information need and the context in which the information will be used. Authority is constructed in that various communities may recognize different types of authority. It is contextual in that the information need may help to determine the level of authority required.

Information Creation as a Process

Information in any format is produced to convey a message and is shared via a selected delivery method. The iterative processes of researching, creating, revising, and disseminating information vary, and the resulting product reflects these differences.

Information Has Value

Information possesses several dimensions of value, including as a commodity, as a means of education, as a means to influence, and as a means of negotiating and understanding the world. Legal and socioeconomic interests influence information production and dissemination.

Research as Inquiry

Research is iterative and depends upon asking increasingly complex or new questions whose answers in turn develop additional questions or lines of inquiry in any field.

Scholarship as Conversation

Communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations.

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding develops.