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CMP-120 (Farr, Fall 2020)


You will learn in this session:

1. Navigate the Library webpage to locate library resources

2. Research process

3. Generate keywords for your topics.

4. Apply common search tips to search articles and books.

5. Differentiate different types of materials (journals,magazines, newspapers, websites, etc.) 

6. Evaluate websites

7. Find the Library's books and ebooks

8. Use RefWorks to cite sources in MLA format

Rider Librarians are available online to chat with you during research assistance hours to answer your questions. We can turn chat to a Zoom session to speak to individual student virtually.. 

Chat or email librarians via Ask a Librarian.  

Check Library hours (open hours and research assistant hours)


This guide will connect you with resources to find journal articles, newspaper articles, books, and other sources. It is structured around the I-LEARN information use and learning model (Neuman, 2011).  The tabs above will take you through each step of the process of finding, evaluating, and using information.

Recursive and flexible, the I-LEARN model can be used in any information setting.  The model includes six elements:

  • Identify an information problem by activating an interest, scanning the environment, and focusing on a question
  • Locate the needed information through searching and extracting the relevant information
  • Evaluating that information through questioning its authority, relevance, and timeliness
  • Applying that information to the question thorough organizing and communicating
  • Reflecting on what is found and revising as needed
  • kNowing through personalizing and internalizing the information (Neuman, 2011)

 I-LEARN model was developed by Neuman, D. (2011). Learning in information-rich environments: I-LEARN and the construction of knowledge in the 21st century.  New York: Springer.

This guide is part of dissertation research being conducted by Stacey Greenwell in Spring 2013.