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Libraries at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Information Literacy Self-Guided Tutorial

The Rensselaer Libraries provides access to ProQuest's Research Companion - a self-guided tutorial of the entire research process. Create a free account to earn badges, keep track of your progress, and access pre- and post-video assessment questions.

friendly research robotKnowing how to evaluate information sources and recognizing biases, both your own and the source’s, is a critical component of being information literate.  

In addition to the tutorials and videos below, the Libraries provide subject specific recommendations to proven information resources. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Researchers will learn how to identify source types
  • Researchers will know how to recognize the difference between primary and secondary sources
  • Researchers will understand that a source can be used as something to analyze or something to support their argument
  • Researchers will learn what makes a source authoritative
  • Researchers will understand what each type of source can offer them

Video Playlist Includes:

  • Evaluation (0:45)
  • Identifying source types (2:12)
  • Primary and secondary sources (2:20)
  • TELL ME MORE: Primary and secondary sources (1:10)
  • Peer review (1:59)
  • TELL ME MORE: Peer review (1:55)
  • Scholarly journals (2:38)
  • Scholarly books (1:45)
  • Non-scholarly periodicals (2:30)
  • Non-scholarly books (1:16)
  • Websites (2:46)
  • TELL ME MORE: Websites (2:51)
  • Publications from governments, international organizations, and NGOs (2:48)
  • Social media (1:10)