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Help your students have a meaningful and positive library research experience.

Students' Research Anxiety

Creating Effective Research Assignments is a guide borne from librarians’ observations of students' approaches to research.  After extensive experience teaching library instruction sessions, helping students at the reference desk, via chat, phone, and individual research consultations, we observed that course research assignments can often leave students feeling uncertain and unclear as to how to successfully conduct their research for assignments and projects.  This guide is designed to offer guidance and understanding of the research process.

Information Literacy Competencies

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Information Literacy Compency Standards for Higher Education &Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

  • Determine what information is needed
  • Access information
  • Evaluate information
  • Use information effectively
  • Understand social & ethical use of information
  • Transfer and apply learned skills to career and life


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Note: Hours are subject to change, dependent upon college breaks and availability of the librarians.  For today's hours, see:

Call us anytime we have research assistance available.
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  • 570-320-2409 from off-campus
  • 800-367-9222 toll-free and when prompted, enter 2409 for the extension

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We try to reply to e-mails within 24 business hours. Questions that require extensive research may take longer, or you may want to consult one of our subject librarians.

Students needing help with research papers will find some useful links on the Topics for Research Papers page.

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