Learning Objectives

This chapter will help you:

  • Explain why library research is a necessary preliminary to your own research.
  • Illustrate the difference between relevant information and quality information.
  • Describe with examples the difference between search engines and databases.
  • Summarize the difference between scholarly, popular, and trade publications.
  • List the differences between primary and secondary sources.
  • Summarize the difference between search terms and search fields.
  • Identify key questions you might ask to assess whether an item of information is credible.
  • Discuss the concept of Boolean logic and its use in database research.
  • Explain the purpose and nature of a scholarly literature review.
  • Identify bibliographic software available for assisting a literature search.