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LIB 160: Introduction to College Level Research

Finding, evaluating, and using scholarly information

Course Information

LIB 160 is a 1 credit, half-semester course required for all undergraduate degrees at ISU. The course guides students through the fundamentals of college-level research including finding, evaluating, and using information. It focuses on teaching skills students can apply in all of their classes and their daily lives.

This course provides students with a step-by-step approach to the research process. Students learn about creating research questions, using effective search strategies, critically evaluating sources, and using 

After taking this course, students will be able to:

  • identify information needs for their research projects.
  • develop relevant search terms from a research question.
  • utilize strategies for locating information within a variety of search tools.
  • evaluate information critically in their coursework and daily lives.
  • apply best practices for using information ethically.
  • identify the resources and support available through the library.

The free online textbook for LIB 160 is available in many formats including .pdf, .epub, and .mobi. 

If you are currently enrolled in LIB 160 and have questions, log into Canvas and contact your instructor for help!


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