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Welcome to the Guide

This guide is intended to facilitate your learning of basic research skills and concepts and introduce you to many of the research tools and services the Library provides in order to help you complete your research assignments efficiently and effectively. At the completion of this course, you will have a foundational set of library research skills that you can apply and expand throughout your academic career and beyond. You will learn how to:

  1. Integrate reference sources into the research process in order to gain an initial understanding of your research topic.
  2. Employ the tools and features of the Kraemer Library Catalog and Prospector in order to locate materials efficiently and effectively.
  3. Employ the tools and features of article databases in order to identify and retrieve periodical literature efficiently and effectively.
  4. Apply Boolean operators in your on-line search strategies to produce concise search results.
  5. Distinguish between scholarly (refereed) journals and popular/trade magazines in order to identify articles that are written by experts.
  6. Critically evaluate information for its authority, bias, quality of reasoning, and timeliness relative to its purpose in order to select appropriate information for a specific purpose.

Before We Get Started

You'll be using a lot of Kraemer Family Library resources while researching your assignments for English 1410. There are a few steps you need to take to ensure that your library use goes smoothly.

Set Up Your Library Account

You can't check out any books (or request books from other libraries) until you take your ID card to the circulation desk and activate your account.

Install the VPN

You can access electronic resources 24/7 from long as you are logged into the Library VPN (Transporter). Install it on your home computer as soon as possible.


Publish Your Work!

You're already researching and writing a paper this semester. Why not publish your work?

Consider submmitting a paper to URJ-UCCS: Undergraduate Research Journal at UCCS.  It publishes high quality research and creative works produced by undergraduate students across the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' campus. See what the journal is all about.

Submit your paper online today!

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