LIV@RIT Objectives

Module One: Identifying Sources
This module explains the different types of information sources you can use for your research. When you have completed this section of LIV@RIT you should be able to:

  • identify a variety of information sources
  • identify the librarian for your college at RIT and how to contact him/her
  • identify characteristics of information on the Web
  • identify characteristics of library resources

Module Two: Choosing Topics
This module explains topic selection and how to identify keywords to search your topic. When you have completed this module you should be able to:

  • define your purpose for research
  • broaden or narrow a topic
  • identify keywords for a topic
  • use connectors and truncation in constructing a search
  • understand the difference between keyword and subject searching

Module Three: Searching the RIT Libraries Catalog
This module covers how to search the RIT Libraries Catalog. When you have completed this module, you should be able to:

  • recognize that our catalog contains more than books
  • find books on a topic using a keyword, title, author or subject search
  • identify the location of books or other library items
  • read a call number and use it to find items in the library
  • find an item placed on course reserves

Module Four: Finding Articles
This module explains how to use online databases to find articles for your research. When you have completed this module you should be able to:

  • distinguish between popular and scholarly periodicals
  • choose a periodical database appropriate to your information need
  • use it to find an article on a topic
  • understand the information on the result list and in the article record in the database
  • understand how to access periodical databases on campus and at home

Module Five: Using the Web
This module explains how to use the Web effectively. When you have completed this module you should be able to:

  • recognize the difference between the Visible Web and Invisible Web
  • get more relevant results from the Visible Web
  • use search engines more effectively
  • interpret and evaluate Web search results

Module Six: Evaluating Information Sources
This module explains the criteria of evaluating information sources. When you have completed this module you should be able to:

  • list 5 criteria for evaluating sources
  • use relevant questions to probe for these criteria
  • evaluate information resources

Module Seven: Copyright and Plagiarism
This module explains plagiarism and how to avoid it; presents the basics of copyright.  When you have completed this module you should be able to:

  • understand what constitutes plagiarism
  • describe when to cite sources used in your work
  • list ways to avoid plagiarism
  • understand some basics of copyright

Module Eight: Citing Sources
This module explains citations and how to document your information sources. When you have completed this module you should be able to:

  • define a citation
  • describe when to cite sources used in your work
  • recognize different parts of a citation
  • be aware of the formats/styles most commonly used