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Literature search — download a helpful handout for library users in their most desperate hour

Apr 07, 2017

Literature Search - page 1 image of keywords, operators and filters

In a time when information seeking is so ubiquitous and often so poorly executed, librarians play a key role in transforming library users into information-literate lifelong learners. When convenience can trump trusted scholarly and news publications:


“This is our most desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan Librarians. You're my only hope.” — Princess Leia ... paraphrased


Literature Search: a librarian’s handout to introduce tools, terms and techniques developed by Katy Kavanagh Webb, Head of Research and Instructional Services at East Carolina University’s Joyner Library, and Library Connect can assist. “It’s not a replacement for librarian-led instruction,” says Katy, “but it can act as a calling card to introduce key concepts or as a leave-behind visual reminder to continue these best practices when we librarians are no longer in the room.” 


Each page of the handout can stand alone (social media posts anyone?) or be used together as a teaching tool that covers:


  • Keywords, operators and filters
  • Search tools
  • Types of literature
  • Evaluate information
  • Organize research


Download Literature Search handout (five 8.5x11" pages)

Literature Search - image of five-page handout


Download Literature Search poster (one 11x34" page); also available as two 11x17" pages


Literature Search poster



Contact if you have difficulty downloading any of the files. 


Library Connect would also like to thank the Library Connect Librarians Feedback Group for their early feedback in helping to shape the handout.