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Library Instructional Materials

Since you can't come to the library, let us come to you! The resources below can help you to navigate the library's website, databases, and other resources. You'll also find links to support information literacy skills like evaluating sources and reading research articles. Need a guide for something you don't find here? Let us know! Send us an email to library@morainevalley.edu.

Introducing the Library

Moraine Valley Library: A short overview of resources, services, and spaces

Using the Library Online

Navigating the Library’s Research Tools page

Searching the Catalog for digital content

Searching a Database

Guides for searching some of our most commonly used databases:

Academic Search Complete



SIRS Researcher

Value Line Investment Survey

Guides to Google Searching

Part 1: Evidence of Algorithms

Part 2: Advanced Searching

Part 3: Advanced Searching the Sequel

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources for Credibility (video from NCSU Libraries)

ACT UP Method for Evaluating Sources (guide from Salem State University LIbrary)

SIFT (The Four Moves) (from Mike Caufield)

4 Tips to Spot Bad Science Reporting

Research Articles

Research Article Overview (4 minute video)

Reading Research Articles (8 minute video)

Research Guides

Subject specific guides listed alphabetically

Citation Help

Moraine Valley Library’s Citing Sources Guide: Provides resources for citing in both MLA and APA styles.