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University 101 Research Guide: Home


Welcome to the University 101 Research Guide! This guide has been created by librarians to teach you Information Literacy, assist you with your research assignment and to introduce basic resources and services of the USC Upstate library.  If you have questions, feel free to contact one of the librarians listed on this guide or go to the Ask a Librarian page to find out how to contact the reference librarian on duty. 

Information Literacy: A Model for Research

Information Literacy is a PROCESS!

The Information Literacy Standards Give One Model of the Research Process:


Topic = Know Your Information Need

Search = Access the Needed Information

Evaluate = Evaluate Information Critically

Share = Use Information Effectively for a Purpose

Cite = Use Information Ethically

Information Literacy Video

Library Video Tour and Assignment

  • The Library Video Tour and Assignment is a required activity for your University 101 class.
  • Use the link below to access the online module, which consists of video segments introducing various library services and collections with quiz questions about each segment. Use your University email. If instructed to do so, also include your instructor's email.
  • It is recommended that you NOT access the tour in Spartan Greensky or Blackboard as the videos may not play smoothly. Bring up a browser on your computer, and access through this library guide. Chrome and Firefox browsers are recommended. The tour is not designed to be viewed on mobile devices.
  • Click on the tour numbers on the floor plans of the library to advance through the tour. After you have answered ten quiz questions, there is still a concluding video segment and a page where you will be assigned one of six Tasks.
  • Print out and download your Task and go to the library to complete it.
  • Estimated time: 20-30 minutes for the online module, 15-20 minutes in the library for each Task.
  • Be sure to continue to the end of the online module to make sure your score has been properly submitted. You will see a confirmation page, which you can print. You will also receive an email confirmation.

College Skills

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Your College Experience, Chapter 10

Information Literacy, pp. 194-199.

Meet the Librarains

Infographic of all Reference Librarians at USC Upstate

Find contact information for librarians in the Library Faculty and Staff directory.