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LIBRARY ORIENTATION SITE INDEX
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UNIT 1 - Library Orientation
   Overview & Goals
   Understand Library Terms

UNIT 2 - Accessing Resources

   Overview & Goals
   Study Assignments
      Requirements for Access
      Network Usernames & Passwords
      Tarleton Remote Dial-Up
      EZProxy & VPN Connection
      Assistance & Computer Policies
   Learning Activities
   Wrap Up

UNIT 3 - Using a Research Process
   Overview & Goals
   Study Assignments
      Define Information Need
      Select Information Sources
      -- Books
      -- Reference Works
      -- Journals
      -- Magazines
      -- Newspapers
      -- Internet Materials
      -- Primary & Secondary Sources
      Match Sources to Info Needs
      Choose Search Tools
      -- Library Catalogs
      -- Periodical Indexes & Abstracts
      -- Library Databases
      -- Internet Search Tools
      Match Search Tools & Info Needs
      Use the Search Tools
      Locate Research Materials
      Keep a Research Log
      Evaluate Research Materials
   Learning Activities
   Wrap Up


UNIT 4 - Searching Effectively
   Overview & Goals
   Study Assignments
      Identify Search Terms
      Refine Searches in Print Tools
      Refine Searches in Online Tools
      -- Phrase Searches
      -- Boolean Operators
      -- Nested Terms
      -- Truncation
      -- Wildcard Searches
      -- Search Limits
      Get Help with Searching
   Learning Activities
   Wrap Up


UNIT 5 - Finding Books, Media, etc.
   Overview & Goals
   Study Assignments
      Get Started with Searches
      Search the Catalog
      Understand Search Results
      Understand an Item's Record
      Locate Items Using Catalog Info
      LC Classification & Call Numbers
      Use Other Catalog Features
   Learning Activities
   Wrap Up

UNIT 6 - Finding Articles & Citations
   Overview & Goals
   Study Assignments
      Compare Types of Periodicals
      Understand the Search Tools
      -- Periodical Indexes
      -- Periodical Abstracts
      -- Library Databases
      -- Internet Search Tools
      Locate Articles using Citations
      -- Library Catalog & Citations
      -- SFX Journal Locator & Citations
   Learning Activities
   Wrap Up

UNIT 7 - Using Library Databases
   Overview & Goals
   Study Assignments
      Understand How They Work
      Access & Choose Databases
      Search the Databases
      Develop Search Strategies
      Understand Results & Records
   Learning Activities
   Wrap Up

UNIT 8 - Evaluating Materials
   Overview & Goals
   Study Assignments
      Evaluate Books
      Evaluate Articles
      Evaluate Internet Resources
   Learning Activities
   Wrap Up

UNIT 9 - Utilizing Library Services
   Overview & Goals
   Study Assignments
      Verify the Need to Borrow
      Learn Ways to Borrow Items
      -- Interlibrary Loan Services
      -- TexShare Card Program
      Use Distance Education Services
   Learning Activities
   Wrap Up

UNIT 10 - Researching Ethically
   Overview & Goals
   Study Assignments
      Balance Copyright & Fair Use
      Avoid Plagiarism
      Document Sources
   Learning Activities
   Wrap Up
Updated 8/2004