This guide is created to aid you in your development of critical thinking skills and in your ability to conduct research using library resources. We are here to help you to achieve your academic career goals and have a successful research journey by providing you the necessary tools you need. Research starts at the library and contacting your librarians.
This guide is designed in three sections:
A- Steps to Research Process (investigate, understand the types of information, when to use, which discipline, access and locate information)
B- Evaluating Resources Critically (Currency, Relevancy, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose (CRAAP) test)
C- Utilizing Resources Using Critical Thinking Strategies (What to cite, when to cite and how to cite while blending critical thinking skills)
Academic research focuses on the creation of new concepts when the researcher seeks relevant information in articles, books, and other resources using critical thinking skills. Thus, librarians play an essential role to assist researchers to sharpen their critical thinking skills by showing them how to locate, analyze, evaluate and incorporate these academic resources into their research as part of the information literacy concept.
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