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Creating Information

Remember that research is not simply about reproducing information, but about creating something new. No one else shares your exact experiences, values, or perspective. Let your uniqueness shine through in the content you create.

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Determining Credibility

One thing to look for when trying to determine if a resource is credible is the authority of the person/people who created that resource. Look not only to see how much authority you would ascribe to the information creator, but also to determine the context and derivation of that authority.

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Developing Research Strategies

Just getting started with research? The resources in this playlist will help you learn how to avoid research anxiety, how to choose a topic, identify and use appropriate sources, and find help when you need it.

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Evaluating Web Content

It can be a challenge to figure out which content to trust. This guide offers tips for evaluating the quality of content on the Web. The Web is a rich environment of Web pages, blogs, wikis, social networking sites, free research services, media types and more. 

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Fake News

The creation and distribution of fake and misleading news has proliferated, and has had a profound impact on recent events. It is imperative that we recognize and repudiate such misinformation.

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Finding Jobs

No matter what job you are looking for, most employers would like their employees to be able to research effectively, think critically, work collaboratively, and report results accurately and succinctly. The curated resources here will help you understand what employers are looking for.

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Information Formats Are Meaningful

People create information for a variety of purposes. There is no “one size fits all” format for their creations. Creators choose a format that will make sense to those receiving the information. Each type of source may have value to you—depending on the circumstances. For example, to get personal updates on your friends isn’t going to work for the research you’ve been assigned by one of your professors. These resources will help you to think more deeply about information formats and their best uses.

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International Students

If you are coming to the University at Albany Libraries from another country, learning all of the fundamentals of academic research might feel overwhelming. The resources on this list are intended to help you get started with some basic library concepts and research tips.

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Practicing Academic Integrity

Familiarize yourself with the standards of academic integrity at UAlbany and beyond.

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Resources for Faculty

This playlist has been compiled by the libraries' Information Literacy department to provide key resources about information literacy to get you started. If you have any questions or would like recommendations for further resources, please feel free to contact us.

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Science Information Literacy

Science Information Literacy or Information Literacy in the Sciences refers to understanding and being comfortable using different sources of information in the sciences, both academic and popular, in various formats including print and online.

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Searching for Information

The search for information can take many paths. Learn about recommended strategies and resources that can help you along the way.

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Working with Primary and Secondary Sources

Another way sources might be categorized are primary versus secondary (and even tertiary). If you want to check your understanding of these terms, take a look at one of these resources. 

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Working with Scholarly Sources

Your professor may have assigned a research project, but put some limitations on the types of sources you can use. You may have been told to use articles, but only scholarly articles. Articles can come from a variety of types of sources. How can you tell the difference? This guide helps you to distinguish articles from scholarly, trade, and popular sources.

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