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Your Akron librarians have been busy developing mini-classes to help you develop the research skills that can help you be successful in your classes and beyond. We have three self-paced Brightspace courses that you can complete for certificates:
Library 101- Whether you need five sources for your paper that’s due tomorrow, or you have five weeks to do your research, knowing how to navigate the library’s resources is key. In this course, we’ll share some tips and tricks on how to improve your research skills for faster and better results. You can do this course in about an hour.
Library 201- for more advanced users. This tutorial contains six lessons to improve your ability to identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively. Lesson 1: The Nature of Information; Lesson 2: Looking Critically at Information; Lesson 3: Planning Your Research; Lesson 4: Searching Basics and Library Catalogs; Lesson 5: Databases Deep Dive; Lesson 6: Internet Searching. Each lesson is about an hour long. Take your time and dive into this course to level up your research skills.
Keeping Your References and Notes Organized- Do you wish you could remember the title of the journal article you used for an assignment two years ago? Do you feel like you’ve repeated the same search for information before? How about saving information that might come in handy for an assignment next semester? Find out what tools work best for you to organize your information resources and save time on your next research project! You can do this course in under 2 hours.