Selecting a TopicBackground InformationNarrowing the TopicHelpful HintsLibrary TermsQuiz and Activities
Boolean OperatorsOther Search StrategiesQuiz and Activities
Off Campus AccessUsing the Periodicals LocatorABI/INFORMAcademic OneFileBiography In ContextCQ ResearcherGREENR (Global Reference on the Environment)Literature Resource CenterOpposing Viewpoints In ContextProQuestPsycARTICLESPsychology CollectionScience In ContextQuiz and Activities
Basic SearchAdvanced, Subject, Author & Course Reserve SearchUnderstanding the Search ResultsLocating Materials Using a Call NumberQuiz and Activities
Basic Internet TermsBrowsersResearch & The WebSearch EnginesSubject DirectoriesQuiz and Activities
Evaluating BooksEvaluating ArticlesEvaluating WebsitesQuiz and Activities
PlagiarismFinding Bibliographic InformationCitation from DatabasesAPA StyleMLA StyleCitation HelpQuiz and Activities
Circulation ServicesReference ServicesLibrary Map & Study AreasComputers & Wireless NetworkPhoto IDCafe AccokeekPGCC Library WebsiteInterlibrary LoanQuiz and Activities
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This tutorial aims to help develop effective library research skills and critical thinking skills in all courses at Prince George's Community College.
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Library Information

Hours (Fall & Spring Semesters)

Mon - Thur - 8:00am-8pm
Fri - 8:00am-5:00pm
Sat - 10:00am - 3:00pm 
Sun - Closed 

Contact Information

Reference: 301-322-0476
Circulation: 301-322-0475




This libguide was adapted from the Quick Research Library Tutorial, a tutorial developed for the Prince George’s Community College Title III Grant Project, 2001-2002.



Welcome to the Library 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 Library Tutorial?
Use the tabs at the top to move from one section to another. In some cases there are subsections, which will be indicated by a drop-down menu. Click on a category from the drop-down menu to navigate to it. 
Tables of Contents
The Table of Contents is located on the left side of main page of the Tutorial (Introduction). These links can also be used to navigate to the different sections of the Tutorial.
Navigation Box
In addition, each section has a box on the left side, titled Navigation, that can be used to move within the different pages of a specific section. The last link in each box, titled Table of Contents, can be used to return to the main page of the Tutorial. 

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 301-322-0476 to speak with a librarian.


Start Your Research Here

Use the widget below to start your research. (Off-campus access use your OWL Link username and password.)

Search Summon for articles, books, steaming videos, and more.

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.

  • Mouse Program
    This page has information on how to use a mouse in a variety of interactive scenarios. Page was created by Lawrence Goetz (2008-2011).
  • Demo: Learning to use the mouse
    You'll learn how to move the pointer on your screen, how and when to use the mouse buttons, and how to use the mouse to select text in a document. Tutorial created by Microsoft Corporation.

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