"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable."
Attributed to Dwight D. Eisenhower in Richard Nixon's Six Crises (1962)


No single plan is going to work in every research situation. Even the best plans must often be refined or adjusted depending on current circumstances. Good researchers must be flexible; able to use different tools and search methods as the research process unfolds. The person who knows why, when, and how to use a wide variety of resources such as printed text, television, videos, library databases and web sites is called "information literate."

The principles of "information literacy" apply to research at any time, in any place and for any research question, be it personal, academic, or job-related. As you gain experience in applying the principles, you will be able to develop, modify and execute your own research plan whenever a research question arises.

The following online tutorial, TILT, was designed by the University of Texas System Digital Library and has been modified for use at Cypress College. Here is what we hope you will learn by participating in the TILT tutorial:

Module 1: Principles of selecting sources.

Module 2: Principles of searching for information.

Module 3: Principles of evaluating and citing sources.

Module 4: Practice using the principles with resources from the Cypress College Library.


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