Teaching & Learning Department I Services
Handouts: Information on key concepts & skills
Worksheets: Exercises for students
Activities: In-class activities to be facilitated by an instructor
More about information literacy.
Top 10 Research Tips for IU Students: Introduces key library resources and services
From Topic to Research Question: Steps in developing a topic and research questions
Narrowing a Topic: Steps in exploring and refining a research topic
Identifying Keywords: Tips on keyword searching in databases
Basic Search Tips: Search strategies and ways to narrow/broaden a search
Introduction to OneSearch@IU database: Tips for using this interdisciplinary database
Evaluating Sources Rhetorically: Page 1: Questions for evaluating sources rhetorically; Page 2: Illustration of Bizup's BEAM model for rhetorical source use.
Evaluating Search Results: Tips for how to evaluate relevance of search results
Is It Scholarly?: Questions for evaluating if a source is scholarly
Know Your Sources (Portland Community College): Characteristics of a variety of online and academic source types to consider when selecting sources
Anatomy of a [Scientific] Scholarly Article(Capella University)
Reading a Scholarly Article: Tips on understanding and using scholarly articles
Primary Sources: What primary sources how and how they can be used
Useful Terms for Academic Research: Explains terms for different resource types
Using Evidence (IUB Writing Tutorial Services)
Develop a Thesis: Emphasizes the role of the research process in thesis development
Annotated Bibliographies (Univ. of New South Wales-Australia)
Literature Reviews (Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
Staying Organized throughout the Research Process(Lake Forest College)
Choosing a Topic and Search Terms: Word document from U. of Virginia
Searching OneSearch and Google: Guidance and questions on finding and evaluating sources through the library database OneSearch@IU and Google
Sources as Seeds: Use a “seed” source to identify other relevant sources.
Sources as Conversation: Explore sources as reflections of larger debates and discussions.
Scholarly/Popular Source Comparison: Worksheet with guided questions for source evaluation
Web Evaluation: Guiding questions for evaluating websites relevant to a research topic
Preliminary Bibliography: Steps and guiding questions for developing a preliminary bibliography
Scope of a Research Question: Class activities on narrowing or broadening a research question and search strategy
Interpret a Citation: Explores citations as a way to locate and share sources
Library Guides for Instructors
"Big Picture" Video Tutorials (NCSU)
Research Assignment Design
Community of Online Research Assignments (CORA)
Here is a worksheet to help you categorise and organise your resources for a bibliography.
Click on the following link to download a copy, in MS Word format, to print and use.
Bibliography Worksheet (docx 22 KB)
Bibliography Worksheet: Name________________________________Class________
Use this sheet to record details of resources as you use them
For a Book eg. Brown, R. (1998) The Environment. Penguin, New York.
First Name /Initials.
Title of the Book,
Place of Publication.
For a reference book [no author] eg. ‘Motorbikes' 1997, World Book Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, pp.20-29.
"Name of Entry",
Name of Reference book.
Volume,[ if reference]
For a Newspaper or Magazine eg. Jones, J.( 2011) "Money Matters", Sydney Morning Herald, (Sydney), 24 March, p.29.
First Name or Initials.
"Title of Article".
Name of Newspaper/Mag.
For Audio-Visual Material
For a Video or DVD eg. Luu, John (Director), Medieval England [video recording]. Classroom Video, Fairfield, N.S.W.
First Name or Initials.
For a Video or DVD (Producer Unknown) eg. Chester Hill High School1999 [video recording]
"Title of Article".
If information can't be found, put in a dash (------) with your ruler.
Then the information is listed in alphabetical order on a new page . See example below:
Brown, R. (1998) The Environment. Penguin, New York.
Chester Hill High School 1999 [video recording]
Jones, J.( 2011) "Money Matters", Sydney Morning Herald, (Sydney), 24 March, p.29.
Luu, John (Director), Medieval England [video recording]. Classroom Video, Fairfield, N.S.W..
‘Motorbikes' 1997, World Book Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, pp. 20-29
Smith, P.( 2001), coral [online] Available: http://www.greatbarrierreef.gov.au Accessed [2007. May 9]