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Information Literacy Modules: Wrap Up and Review

Wrap up

Now we have looked at ways to begin searching: developing a search strategy and identifying a potential topic, knowing what the different formats of material are produced to find information (books, journals, Web sites), what types of finding tools are available to locate information in those formats, and how to begin searching in the different finding tools. Next we will examine the various features available in the Finding Tools. Many of these are very helpful when working with search results.

Before moving on to the next module, take a few minutes to check out the videos provided below, and test your knowledge of Searching with a quick quiz.

As a last note about searching in this module, remember to check the citations  (i.e. footnotes, references, works cited) or bibliographies from retrieved items to locate more potential sources.

Search Finding Tool Videos

Basic Searching in EBSCO:

Basic Searching in ProQuest:

Basic Searching in Gale's In Context Databases:

Basic Searching in JSTOR

A Short Activity


How About a Review?

1. To find materials written about Kurt Vonnegut's literary work, which would be the most effective search?

2. You are looking for information on the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Which nested search would work the best?

3. The research database you have been searching uses an asterisk for truncation. If you put an asterisk on the end of the word Educate in place of the 'e', what results would you expect to see?

4. You have located and read an article on your topic. You found it extremely helpful and would like to find more related sources. Where is the quickest place to check?





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