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Research 101


Librarian working with a student


This unit will show you how to find and get your hands on actual sources.


  • Determine the nature of a source from a citation
  • Use citations to find physical sources
  • Locate sources using classification systems
  • Understand library collections and services

Library Learning Outcomes

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After this module, the student should be able to:

  • 2a. Determine available resources and services at the College of DuPage Library.
  • 2b. Understand the characteristics and value of different types of resources (books, periodicals, Web sites) and their different formats (print, electronic).
  • 3b. Identify the components of a citation and differentiate between types of sources, such as book or periodical.
  • 3c. Use the components of a citation to choose those sources most suitable for the research project.
  • 4a. Determine whether sources are in the Library, online, or available by alternate means.
  • 4b. Understand the different ways that resources are organized.
  • 4c. Retrieve locally owned resources in a variety of formats such as books, articles, microform, and full-text.
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