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Schedule a research instruction session

Shenandoah University librarians are happy to help your students develop their research skills. See the chart below for suggested information literacy topics with activities and approximattimes required for each. Fill out the online form to request instruction.

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Topic Time Required Activities / Goals  
1. Search the SU Library catalog using title, author 15 min.

Find SU books, scores, videos, journals, recordings;

Identify source types;

Identify links to online content;

Identify interlibrary loan (ILL) links and purpose for using ILL.


2. Search the SU Library catalog using keywords 15 min.

Search for sources on a topic in the library catalog;

Determine concepts, then keywords for a topic;

Determine synonyms for keywords;

Use boolean operators.


3. Search 1-2 specialized databases 15-30 min.

Search for articles on a topic in 1-2 specialized databases;

Determine concepts, then keywords for a topic;

Determine keyword variants;

Use boolean operators.


4. Brainstorm research topics 15 min.

Brainstorm ideas using concept mapping and other tools;

Narrow or broaden topics.


5. Track the literature 25 min.

Interpret citations (book, article, etc.) in an original article’s reference list;

Locate the full text from a citation in the reference list;

Locate earlier sources that have cited the original article.


6. Evaluate source credibility and authority 25 min.

Identify characteristics of credibility and authority;

Analyze the credibility and authority of sample sources.


7. Distinguish between primary and secondary sources 15 min.

Identify characteristics of primary and secondary sources;

Analyze sample sources as primary or secondary.


8. Identify peer-reviewed and scholarly sources 20 min.

Identify characteristics of peer-reviewed and scholarly sources;

Analyze sample sources as peer-reviewed / scholarly.


9. Recognize and avoid plagiarism 30 min.

Identify basic principles of copyright and intellectual property;

Identify why and when sources must be cited;

Analyze examples for plagiarism characteristics.





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