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Research Process

This tutorial aims to help develop effective library research skills and critical thinking skills in all courses at Prince George's Community College.



Welcome to the Research Tutorial

The objective of this tutorial is to teach basic skills for doing research and information literacy skills to find, retrieve, analyze, and use the information effectively for lifelong learning. Learning these skills provides access to the ever expanding universe of information and knowledge. 

The tutorial consists of a series instructional sections that are designed to teach the basic concepts of library research.

NOTE: This tutorial is best viewed using the Firefox or Google Chrome web browsers. Some content may not display correctly in Internet Explorer or other browsers. 

Navigating the Tutorial

How do I navigate the Research Tutorial?
Use the tabs on the left to move from one section to another. In some cases there are subsections, which will be indicated by a drop-down menu. Subsections are also visible when you click on the main section tab. 

Reference Services

Librarians at the Research Information Desk can teach you how to access and effectively use the variety of materials in the library as well as in the research databases. If you need an extensive amount of help, librarians will provide one-on-one instructional tutoring for students doing research. For more information, call 301-546-0476 to speak with a librarian.

Computer Skills

The following basic computer skills are used throughout this tutorial:

  • Using a mouse
  • Clicking on links
  • Selecting drop-down menus / radio buttons

The following websites provide an introduction to these skills.