A. Welcome to the FLCC LibraryB. FLCC Library CatalogC. Library Stack GuideD. Circulation and ReserveE. Reference CollectionsF. Periodicals & ArticlesG. Online ResourcesH. Periodical Title ListI. Copying and PrintingJ. Study SpaceK. HelpL. Library Home Page
A. Defining an Information NeedB. Information TypesC. Popular Magazines vs. Scholarly JournalsD. Information FormatsE. Research Tools
A. What is a Database?B. Types of DatabasesC. Searching Everything in EDSD. Selecting a DatabaseE. TruncationF. Boolean OperatorsG. Keyword and Subject SearchingH. Field-Specific SearchingI. Phrase SearchingJ. Preparing for Keyword Searching
A. Understanding CitationsB. Citations Formats
A. Using Internet SourcesB. Useful Internet Information
A. Why Evaluate?B. Evaluation Criteria
A. Citing SourcesB. PlagiarismC. When to Cite SourcesD. Style ManualsE. Observing Fair Use
A. Background ResearchB. Find Resources
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Welcome to the Finger Lakes Community College Library Research Tutorial. This tutorial consists of eight modules to help you develop your information-seeking and evaluation skills for your classes at FLCC.
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2016 URL: http://libguides.flcc.edu/research_tutorial Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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How to Start

Welcome to the FLCC Charles J. Meder Library's Library Research Tutorial. The tutorial consists of eight modules to help you develop your information-seeking and evaluation skills for your FLCC courses.  The tutorial takes between 2 - 4 hours and does not have to be completed in one sitting.  All of the modules can be reviewed as often as necessary.

Begin with Module 1 and read each module in order. Each module builds on the previous module. Before beginning a module, read its learning objectives first.

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 FLCC Charles J. Meder 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



Assess Your Mastery

Test your knowledge before you begin the tutorial (pre-test) or after you've finished it (post-test) by completing the web-based tutorial assessment.

In addition, your professor may require you to complete a different assessment for your course and will provide you with directions.


Learning Objectives for Tutorial

The tutorial overall prepares students to --

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


Based on the Bloomsburg University Harvey A. Andruss Library General Library Research Tutorial.

Adapted from the Go for the Gold Tutorial, courtesy of the James Madision University Libraries.



Please contact any of the FLCC Reference Librarians with any questions or comments:

Sarah Moon, Library Director

April Steenburgh, Electronic Resources Librarian

Wally Babcock, Librarian

Jenny Burnett,  Automated Systems & Technical Services Librarian



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