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Searching for information today is both easier and harder than it was when your only choice was the library and its massive card catalog. More information is available than ever before, and you can access information from across the country or around the world. But finding what you want requires more skill on the part of the researcher, mainly because the human intermediaries—the reference librarian and the skilled cataloguer/indexer—are largely absent from cyberspace.

Learning to Research in the Library

Information Found—and Not Found—on the Web

Learning to Research on the Web

Search Strategy: Getting a Broad Overview of a Subject

Skills for Online Searching

Search Strategy: Finding Specific Information

This means that you, the researcher, need to understand where information is most likely to be found, how it's organized and how to retrieve it effectively using computerized search tools. The reference librarian is an invaluable resource to help teach you and advise you, but won't be there when you're searching Yahoo at midnight on the weekend before your paper's due.

The Info Search section has some resources to help you learn how to become a skilled researcher, both in the library and in cyberspace.

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A+ Research & Writing for high school and college students was created by Kathryn L. Schwartz