Introductory Skills with Links to Resources

Research & Technology Introductory Skills (FYSE’s, Intro Classes, College Writing Classes, etc.)



1. The Student is familiar with library and technology spaces and their services.


  • Can locate the libraries and labs on campus, including their specialized spaces and service points.
  • Can find resources and help with those resources, both physical and online, to troubleshoot, research, create, and learn.

Ask a Librarian

Technology Helpdesk

Digital Media Tutors

Campus Map (Libraries pinpointed)

Computer Labs (go/findapc)

Overview of go/lib (tutorial)

Midd Libraries Quick Guide (resources, hours, floor plans, how to get help, etc.)

Quick Start Guide to Library Research [.pdf]

2. The student is familiar with basic computer and network use and security protection.


  • Understands networks and how to connect to them from multiple access points (e.g. wireless, mobile devices).
  • Uses effective password, authentication, security, backup, and recovery strategies.
  • Demonstrates responsible ID management (e.g. use and protection of private information) and practices (e.g. honesty, integrity) in social networking environments and virtual communities.
  • Understands the appropriate and responsible use of communication tools (e.g. chats, instant messaging, blogs, wikis) and can collaborate using these tools.
  • Understands the platforms, versions, properties, and functions of common computing devices and how to connect and operate them with one another.

Consult with technologists

Technology Quick Start Guide

Top Things Students Should Know About Technology at Midd

Connecting to the Middlebury Network


Computer Security (viruses, malware, etc.)

Anti-Virus (anti-virus software provided by Midd)

Responsible Use of Computers & Networks Policy

WordPress Comments & RSS

Wikis Technology Tutorials

3. The student understands the scope of the information and resources needed.


  • Can articulate and conceptualize what information and technologies are needed for an assignment or project.

Research Process Worksheet [.doc]

6 Steps

Consult with faculty, librarians, technologists, and/or media tutors

4. The student identifies a variety of types and formats of potential sources for information.


  • Can determine the kinds of text, data, or multimedia resources needed and understands what constitutes scholarly sources.

Consult with librarians

Midd Libraries Quick Guide

What are Primary and Secondary Sources?

Searching for Primary Sources: Questions to Ask

Scholarly vs. Popular

Information Cycle (University of Central Florida)

5. The student uses a variety of search methods and acquires needed information.


  • Understands how to construct a search in online databases using various search options and relevant terms and effectively revises searches to broaden or limit results.
  • Knows how to find related resources from information found (e.g. using subject headings or cited references).
  • Knows how to find items Middlebury owns or has access to and knows how to use Interlibrary loan if needed.

Consult with librarians

Quick-Start Guide to Library Research

Find Books, Articles, and More FAQ

Finding Materials (from the Thesis Guide)

Summon Video Tutorial

How to Read a Citation

6. The student evaluates information and its sources critically.


  • Uses critical thinking skills to determine the relevance, appropriateness, accuracy, authority, point of view, etc. of information found whether from library or internet resources.
  • Compares and synthesizes information from a variety of appropriate sources and draws conclusions based on the information gathered.

Consult with faculty & librarians

Evaluating Sources (from Thesis Guide)

SMART: Evaluating Sources (BYU/YouTube)

CTLR: Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research


7. The student follows laws, regulations, and institutional policies for the ethical use of information resources.


  • Respects the Honor Code, understands what constitutes plagiarism, and does not represent others' work as their own.
  • Knows how to cite materials using standard bibliographic citation styles and consults citation guides or uses software to assist with creating bibliographies (e.g. RefWorks).
  • Is aware of and respects copyright/fair use and intellectual property and digital rights laws.

Consult with faculty & librarians

Middlebury Student Handbook (Academic Honesty, Honor Code, Disciplinary Policies section)

Citation and Style Guide

Copyright Basics Video (Copyright Clearance Center)

Intellectual Property Rights Resources (Visual Resources Association).

8. The student creates and presents content using appropriate technologies.


  • Is able to use a variety of appropriate media and production tools for those media (e.g. images).
  • Is able to publish content with appropriate tools (e.g. blogs, wikis, desktop applications).

Consult with technologists & media tutors Technology Tutorials

How to Use Powerpoint, Keynote, Google Presentation Software


Library & Technology wiki (Library & ITS Documentation)

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