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Library Research Tutorial: About

How to Start

Welcome to Goddard Library's 'General Library Research Tutorial'. The tutorial consists of eight modules to help you develop your information-seeking and evaluation skills for your Clark University courses - and beyond!.  The tutorial takes between 2 - 4 hours and does not have to be completed in one sitting.

FIRST - Read the overall Learning Objectives for Tutorial (at right).

SECOND - Begin with Module 1 and read each module in order. Before beginning a module, read its learning objectives first.

THIRD - When you have read the entire tutorial, test your understanding and mastery of the concepts (see below for more information).

Tutorial Contents

Module 1 - Orientation to Goddard Library
Module 2 - Introduction to Types of Information
Module 3 - Searching a Database
Module 4 - Understanding Citations
Module 5 - Using Internet Sources
Module 6 - Evaluating Sources of Information
Module 7 - Information Ethics: Citing Sources and Fair Use
Module 8 - A Search Strategy for Research Papers and Speeches
LRT Final Quiz - Assess your mastery of the General Library Research Tutorial

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Learning Objectives for Tutorial






The tutorial overall prepares students to --

  • Determine when information is needed and find it efficiently using a variety of reference sources.
  • Evaluate the quality of the information.
  • Use the information effectively for an appropriate purpose.
  • Employ appropriate technologies to create an information-based product.
  • Use information ethically and legally.


Please contact one of the members of the Goddard Library Tutorial Team with any questions or comments:

Rachael Shea, Head of Public Services, Goddard Library

Andrew Haggarty, Reference/Instruction Librarian, Goddard Library

Andy Dzaugis, Science Librarian, Sacker Science Library

Ed McDermott, Systems Librarian, Goddard Library



Adapted from the Go for the Gold Tutorial, with permission from the James Madison University Libraries and the University of Bloomsburg Andruss Library.


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General Library Research Tutorial by Andruss Library is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.