Robert W Van Houten Library

Self Learning Tutorials and Objectives

1. Getting Started at the NJIT Library

Tags: Intro, circulation, book checkout, stacks, locations.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the importance of using the library to do research.
  • Recognize reference librarians, the research helpdesk, and their services.
  • Locate the libraries and recognize the library buildings.
  • Recognize the process for checking out resources and obtaining a library barcode.
  • Recognize the circulation desk as the place to check out materials and obtain reserve items.
  • Recognize the following: stacks downstairs, information commons, photocopiers, study areas, and group study rooms.
  • Recall your walk-in book borrowing privileges at local libraries.
2. Using Web Search Engines

Tags: web searching; Wikipedia, search engines

  • Given examples for search engines, meta search engines, subject directories, identify the differences for each.
  • Given a Wikipedia entry, identify its proper use in the research process.
  • Describe information available on the free vs. invisible web.
3. Understanding Citations

Tags: MLA, APA, Citations, Citing, References, Works Cited.

  • Identify the elements of citations
  • Distinguish between citations for books, book chapters and journal articles.
  • Recognize citation style names
4. Find a Book in the NJIT Library

Tags: Catalog, Books

  • Given the menu on the library website, the students will recognize the online catalog link.
  • Identify the search box and search button
  • Identify the online catalog at any library as the place to search for library holdings.
  • Recall the library textbook policy
  • Sort results list by title, author, date or relevance
  • Recall options for revising  search strategy � searching for the author and title together
  • Given the title and author of a book, use the NJIT library catalog to identify its location, and its call number.
5.  Book Search by Subject

Tags: Catalog, Books, Subject Searching

  • Identify subject headings
  • Employ advanced searching techniques in the library catalog
6. Find the Full text of an Article

Tags: Articles, Journals, Full text.

  • Given the menu on the library website, the students will recognize when to use �Articles via Journals� vs. when to use �Articles via databases.�
  • Given a citation, students will retrieve the full text of an article using Journal Finder to check if NJIT subscribes.
7. Using Academic Search Premier

Tags: Databases; Journals; Citations; Peer-Reviewed; Scholarly vs Popular

  • Define: database, citation, abstract, and full text.
  • Distinguish between general article indexes and subject indexes
  • Employ a search strategy in a library article database using keywords
  • Identify tools to limit or narrow a search strategy
  • Locate the full text of an article from the article database
  • Interpret a  database record for an article
  • Generate a citation using the database�s citation features
8. Popular Vs. Scholarly Periodicals

Tags: Peer-Reviewed; Scholarly vs Popular; Evaluating

  • Describe the difference between scholarly and popular periodicals.
  • Identify an author�s credentials and qualifications for writing in a scholarly journal.
  • Identify the peer review process
  • Define periodicals
9. Develop a Good Research Question

Tags: Thesis, Topic,  Research Process

  • Ask a research question with precision and clarity;
  • Determine the nature and extent of information needed;
  • Read for meaning:  Extract the main ideas from information found;
  • Become reflective about your own research process;
10. Evaluating Information

Tags: Evaluation

  • Develop critical thinking skills needed to review a website or author source and evaluate it thoroughly
  • Given a website, choose to consider its authority by correctly identifying the author and/or the sponsoring organization of the website and explain the author/corporations qualifications for writing on the topic.
  • Given a website, explain the objectivity of a website by looking for a stated or implicit bias within the source/sponsoring organization/author.
  • Given a website, explain the currency of the source by looking for the date published/date updated/ dates in the sources used and stating whether that information matters for this subject area or not.
  • Given a website, explain any issues with accuracy by reviewing for errors or conflicting information, typographical or grammatical errors.
11. Intellectual Property in the Digital Age

Tags: Academic Integrity, plagiarism

  • Define the terms intellectual property, copyright, and citation.
  • Identify their own rights as creators of information.
  • State that using another�s words is plagiarism if credit is not given to the original author.
  • State the reasons why we must cite.
  • State the seriousness of plagiarism and academic dishonesty offenses as listed in the NJIT Academic Integrity Code.
12. In text citations

Tags: In Text Citations, Citing Sources, Quotations, Paraphrasing

  • Describe the purpose of the in text citation.
  • Describe how  the in text refers to the works cited page.
  • Create in text citations in author page number style.
  • Create in text citations when there's no author or no page number.
  • Incorporate signal phrases to indicate quotes.
  • Describe when you need to use an in text citation.
13. How Google Search works

  • Describe how Google spiders crawl the web to build an index and organize it
  • Improve searching by understanding how search results are retrieved, ranked and displayed
14. The Information Cycle

  •  Recall how recorded information about an event changes over time
  •  Judge timeliness of a source
  •  Judge relevance and objectivity of a source based on date of publication
  •  Judge relevance and objectivity of a source based on type of publication
15. Basic resources and strategies for legal research

  • Identify sources of legal information
  • Employ strategies for Legal Research
  • Search law reviews and journals [Secondary literature]
  • Search cases directly
  • Cite legal cases properly

16. Company & Industry Research Beyond Google

  • Identify sources of company and industry information
  • Identify appropriate NJIT and/or Rutgers Databases for company and industry research.
  • Describe specific types of documents (company profiles, SWOT analyses, market forecasts, etc).
17. Primary vs. Secondary Sources

  • Define and give examples of primary sources.
  • Define and give examples of secondary sources.
  • Explain how primary sources can be used for research.
  • Explain how secondary. sources are used in research.
  • Recognize when a source can be primary in one. situation and secondary in another (i.e. news).