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Researching Basics

Class Assignment

We will be using this worksheet for today's lesson. Please download the assignment and save it to the desktop of the computer. You will use your First and Last name for the File name.


Your Library ID

Your Library ID number is the ENTIRE number on the back of your student ID:

23311+ your 9 digit personal ID number


Creating Your Library Accounts

Need a Book from  Another Library?

Your I-Share account allows you to request books from other university libraries.

Create an I-Share account

Need to Request the Full Text of an Article?

Your ILLiad account allows you to request electronic delivery of journal articles from other university libraries.

Create an ILLiad account

IMPORTANT: The form asks for your barcode number. This is the entire number found on the back of your RU ID card. This barcode begins with the numbers 23311, followed by your RU ID number that begins with "9."


ACP 101 Guide Index

I. Home

  • Your Library ID
  • Creating Your Library Accounts
  • ACP 101 Guide Index
  • Organizing Your Research
  • Help
  • Librarian Contact Information

II. Start Your Research

  • Why use library databases?
  • Background Information
  • Scholarly Journal Articles
  • Books
  • Types of Resources
  • Searching

III. Finding Background Information

  • Subject Specific Encyclopedias/Databases
  • Newspapers
  • Blogs
  • Popular Magazines
  • Evaluating Websites
  • Use of Wikipedia

IV. Finding Scholarly Resources

  • Discussion of Scholarly Resources
  • Scholarly Article Databases
  • Open Access Journals on the Web

V. Using Web Resources

  • Google Scholar
  • World Wide Web
  • Use of Wikipedia

VI. Important Considerations

  • Citation
  • Paraphrasing

VII. Avoiding Plagiarism

  • Example

VIII. Assignment

  • Let's Practice What We Have Learned


Organizing Your Research

1. Create folder (in One Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox...) and title the name of the class.

2. Create another folder inside the class folder. This is where you will:

a. Save your notes (and citations) for the assignment.

b. Save all scanned/electronic sources.

3. Open Word document

a. Give it title related to assignment (e.g. Notes for Climate Change paper)

b. Save in the assignment folder


1. Phone:

a. Chicago: 312-341-3639/49
b. Schaumburg: 847-619-7980

2. Email

3. Chat

4. Schedule one-on-one

Librarian Contact Information

Barbara Anderson, Ed.D.
Head of Instruction and Learning

Office: 1035 AUD
Phone: 312-341-3647

Email Me