Use of  InfoSearch

This information has been provided for instructors, faculty and other educators interested in learning more about InfoSearch. If you have contributions or suggestions about using InfoSearch, please email us.

What is InfoSearch?
Who Is It Designed For?
How Can Instructors Effectively Use InfoSearch with their Courses?
Does InfoSearch Replace Library Instruction?

What Is InfoSearch?
InfoSearch is a new resource for Alvernia University students, a self-instructional tutorial to teach them basic library and research skills. It covers the research process from initial topic selection to citation styles and the issue of plagiarism. There is a link to InfoSearch on the Library's Resources page or it can be accessed directly from
Its content is organized into six modules:

1 - Starting smart


an overview that introduces students to various types of sources.

2 - Choosing a topic


which provides tips on broadening and narrowing a topic and discusses search concepts.

3 - Using Alvernia's Catalog


which has live practice searches in our online catalog.

4 - Finding articles


in which students can practice searching the Periodical Abstracts database.

5 - Using the Web


which includes the comparative evaluation of Web sources.
6 - Citing sources a module that also includes the topics of plagiarism and copyright.

Each of the six sections takes about 10-15 minutes to complete, and students can do this on their own time outside of class. Each of the modules is followed by a short quiz.

Who Is It Designed For?
InfoSearch is designed for students in classes with a substantial writing component or introductory-level research. However, we hope instructors of other classes will find it useful and assign it to their students.

How Can Instructors Effectively Use InfoSearch with Their Courses?
Please have students complete InfoSearch before they begin their research or attend a library session. Students can complete InfoSearch on their own time and submit their quiz results to you.

Each module is followed by a short quiz and a results page, which provides a summary of questions answered right or wrong and an overall percentage score for that module. The results pages can be printed out with the student’s name at the top and submitted to you as proof of completion. We strongly suggest that students be required to pass the quizzes with a score of at least 85% or better. They may retake a quiz as many times as they want. Instructors may also choose to give extra credit points to students who complete InfoSearch.

Does InfoSearch Replace Library Instruction?
No! We continue to offer course-related library instruction and hope that you will incorporate it into your syllabus. Timing is important! Please schedule library instruction with us for a date after your class has received a research assignment, so students learn about searching databases at a time when they need to know this information. Research has shown that:

  • Students learn best and retain most when they need the information.
  • Library instruction is more effective when the course instructor is present.
  • Library instruction is more effective when coordinated with a class assignment.

To arrange a library instruction session contact:

Alexandria Chisholm phone: 610-658-1534, or email at



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