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T2C: Transitioning to College Libraries                                     

This LibGuide organizes information about college libraries, the differences between academic and school libraries, and research process.  The guide feature brief, scripted videos following "Jason" and "Emily" through their first year of college as they are "mentored" by Brian. Each page includes helpful resources and tips to help prepare you for college, and hopefully feel welcome in the library.

Transitioning to College : Academic Libraries
All about college and university libraries and how they differ from high school and public libraries.

Transitioning to College : Tips for College Research
How to successfully complete research assignments.

Transitioning to College : College: What to Expect
Differences between high school and college

Research & Information Skills Challenges

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TRAILS helps you determine the level of your information literacy skills with multiple-choice questions from Kent State University Libraries.  It targets a variety of skills based on 12th grade standards

If you are interested in taking the test to assess your knowledge, contact Ms. Cooper at 201-784-1600 x24350 or for a code and access:

Research Skills Overview & Checklist


Research Survival Skills (1 page overview)
"The Skills College Freshmen Need to Succeed"

A Transition Checklist for High School Seniors

Owen, Patricia. “A Transition Checklist for High School Seniors.” School Library Monthly, XXVI, no. 8, Apr. 2010, pp. 20-23., Accessed 31 May 2017.

Record Newspaper Article: June 4, 2017

Research & Information Skills Tutorials

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Information Literacy Interactive Tutorials
Research Skills

"A video explains types of sources, a screencast tutorial demonstrates how to search Academic Search Complete, and students can practice searching for an article related to their topic. "

"Students help 3 people choose the best Boolean search commands for their searches. Venn Diagrams change color and the search statement is dynamically updated as students select the Boolean commands. Constructive feedback is given for each submission."

"In this scenario based activity, students help 3 people narrow down their topics. By moving a series of sliders, students aim to develop a research question that is interesting, yet narrow enough to find scholarly sources."

"In this scenario based activity, students help 4 people to evaluate 3 sources they are considering using for their paper. Students can read the entirety of each source, then write a 2 to 3 sentence explanation of why someone should or shouldnít use the source and why. Based on the concept of Calibrated Peer Review, there is one exemplar source, one substandard source and one bubble source."

"Students must identify the needed parts of 3 real publications and drag them to the appropriate category, i.e. Journal Title, Volume, Page Number. Upon completion of the activity, students are shown the MLA citation for each publication."

"To practice thinking about what sources work well together, instead of choosing sources, students will choose who to invite to a small dinner party. The goal is to put together a group of guests that will be able to find enough common ground to have interesting conversations."

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Information Literacy Video Tutorials
Research Process

Search Logic
Research Topic
Finding Keywords
Initial Search

What Types of Sources Can I Use?
College Level Sources
Can I Use This Source?

Module 3: Finding Books (Specific to the UWM catalog)

Database Records
Selecting Articles

Search Logic
Google Search ñ Evaluating Results
Evaluating Webpages
Google Scholar

What Belongs in a Citation?
Quick citation Sources


College students discuss what is different about researching in college.

College students and professors discuss what to expect from college research assignments.

Professors describe what college students should know about conducting research.

Library Resource Games

Is your knowledge of the types of books in the library worth a million dollars?

Play a jeopardy style game to pit your knowledge of encyclopedias against a friend!

If you answer all questions about primary and secondary sources, perhaps you could become a millionaire.

Information Fluency Tutorials

Micromodules are self-paced, on-demand learning experiences each tailored to a specific topic about Internet searching. They are designed as 10-15 minute tutorials.
        Subject Indexes


Ethical Use

All Micromodules (Not all are available for free.)

Tip Sheets:
Searching (10 Tips)

Evaluating (10 Tips)

Ethical Use (6 Tips)

Additional Games

Information Skills Games (Difficult to access)

* Quarantined: Axl Wise and the Information Outbreak (Arizona State):

This game loads slowly. Be patient.
Roll the dice, then answer the question to move around the board.
Information Fluency Challenges
Games about searching the Internet effectively.

Refine keyword queries and browse for results.

Select and query the right database for the job.

Use special operators to locate information.



Ethical Use

All Challenges (Several are outdated.)

This game features four cases in which you will have to use the skills listed above.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them in the LMC.


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