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About the Go Research! Tutorial

This self-paced tutorial will teach you effective research skills.  After working through each section, complete the Putting It All Together quiz to assess what you've learned and earn your Go Research! certificate.

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How to Navigate Go Research!

Begin this tutorial with the Getting Started module.  After taking the Getting Started quiz to assess what you already know, you will be automatically directed to the answers.  From there you will use the blue arrow to proceed to the next module.  Repeat these steps as you work your way through each module and its answers untill you get to the final module, Putting It All Together.  After completing the final module, you will earn your Go Research! certification of completion.

To advance to the next module, click the right arrow.         NEXT

To go back to the previous module, click the left arrow.    BACK

To return to this screen at any time, click the HOME icon.  HOME


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What Will You Learn?

Welcome to Go Research!

A self-paced interactive tutorial for students interested in learning basic research skills.  After completing this tutorial, you will be able to:

  • Identify scholarly journals and select the best information resources to answer your research question;
  • Construct search strategies using keywords, connectors, quotation marks and more;
  • Refine search results by resource type, publication date, and more; 
  • Find full text journal articles and request articles and books; and
  • Understand plagiarism and use APA style.

    What Do You Already Know? - Quiz!

    This activity will help you assess what you already know about how to use the CMU Libraries' online resources for doing research on your topic.  Good luck and have fun!

    Go Research! - What Do You Already Know?

    1. Select one of the following research topics: (1) The use of educational technology in higher education (2) The impact of educational technology on student achievement. Type your chosen topic in the space below. *
    2. After selecting your topic, go to GCLS Guides Home ( and click the plus sign next to "Education" to see a list of education-related research guides. Select the best research guide for your topic and type its name in the space below. *
    3. Access the research guide you chose by clicking on its name. Once in the research guide, you'll see a list of databases. Choose one of these databases and type its name in the space below. *
    4. What keywords will you use to search your topic? Type your keywords in the space below. Then, search the database you chose using your keywords. *
    5. Now look at your search results. Did you get many hits? Refine your search results to display only scholarly articles. Then cut and paste the citation for one of the scholarly articles in the space below. *
    6. Is the scholarly article you chose available full text online? *
    Not sure
    7. When using APA style guidelines to format your journal article citation, which element goes first? *
    Article title
    Journal name
    Author's last name
    Author's first name

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