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English Composition Information Literacy Toolkit: #3 Searching for Sources

Content and activities for information literacy competencies.


  • Gather background information from database sources
  • Choose appropriate databases for your research
  • Use effective search strategies within the databases and online catalog (RaiderSearch)

Watch the Tutorial

Complete the Activity

Before you begin the worksheet: Ask your instructor which file type they prefer.  Then choose one of the file formats below (PDF or Word).  Before you begin, you must save the document to your computer.  After you save it initially, you can then open it, fill it out, and save it again under a unique file name.  If you do not save the document to your computer first, you may lose your work!

The above worksheet asks you to reference two resources; you will find both documents below:

Explore Database Links

Here are some links to help you get started searching for sources.  The worksheet for this module may require you to use some of these avenues for source searching:

General Databases

Subject-Specific Databases

Link to many more databases by connecting to a Subject Guide based on your topic.