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Information Literacy Tutorial: #1


Refining Your Topic

OK, so you didn't do too well on the quiz...but don't stress out. You'll know it all by the time you finish this tutorial.

It can be tricky deciding on a topic for your assignment. Fortunately for you, we have two databases that contain articles and other information BY TOPIC. They are...

CQ Researcher

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Both of these databases provide reliable information (reports and articles) that will be suitable for most of your classes. There is more to consider in choosing a topic though.

Watch this short video about how to choose a topic:

Refining Your 3 Mintues

Now, click on the #2 tab at the top.

USM Databases

USM Libraries provide 200+ databases containing millions of articles from magazines, scholarly journals and newspaper. Start Your Research can help you identify the databases that are good for a particular subject.