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Research Tutorial:

How to Start

Welcome to the FWJ Sylwester Library's 'Research Tutorial'. The tutorial consists of seven modules to help you develop your information-seeking and evaluation skills for your Concordia University courses.  The tutorial takes between 2 - 4 hours and does not have to be completed in one sitting.

FIRST - Read the overall Learning Objectives for Tutorial (at right).

SECOND - Begin with Module 1 and read each module in order. Before beginning a module, read its learning objectives first.

THIRD - When you have read the entire tutorial, test your understanding and mastery of the concepts (see below for more information).

Tutorial Contents

Module 1 - Orientation to the FWJ Sylwester Library
Module 2 - Introduction to Types of Information
Module 3 - Searching Databases for Articles
Module 4 - Information Ethics
Module 5 - Citations
Module 6 - Using Web Sources
Module 7 - Evaluating Information


Assess Your Mastery

Test your knowledge before you begin or after you complete a module by answering the Self-Check questions at the end of each module.

Learning Objectives for Tutorial






The tutorial overall prepares students to --

  • Determine when information is needed and find it efficiently using a variety of sources.
  • Evaluate the quality of information.
  • Use information effectively for an appropriate purpose.
  • Employ appropriate technologies to create an information-based product.
  • Use information ethically and legally.


Adapted from Andruss Library's General Library Research Tutorial based on the Go for the Gold Tutorial, courtesy of the James Madison University Libraries.