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Info Lit Tutorial: Session 2

Understanding Information Sources

- What can you get from the LIBRARY that you canít get on free
- What are peer-reviewed articles? How to find them?

- What is primary source? What is secondary source?

The Internet vs. the Library

Today's information is in a complex and challenging new landscape. Traditional formats are combining rapidly with emerging formats in the digitization arena. However, it is important to keep the following in mind:

  • The Internet is NOT a substitute for the library. It is a conduit. Where you go to find information on that conduit matters. Free search engines, such as Google, do NOT include library subscription databases (e.g. Academic Search Premier), electronic reference sources (e.g. Oxford Music Online), etc.
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Information Sources 101
  • The Internet can be a source for academic study and research. You can use Google to locate open-source publications, government documents, YouTube videos, blogs, digital libraries, art images, statistical data, and other useful information.

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Understanding Source Types

It is important for a researcher to be aware of the nature of information and the types of sources.

Related YouTube Videos

These YouTube selections are provided by other libraries and may refer to resources that are not available in the Guarini Library. Please view them for general instruction only.


After completing the sessions, a self-test is necessary to assess what you have learned.


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