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UMass Amherst Libraries

Beyond Google: Integrating library resources into your research strategy

A template for librarians and faculty.

Meets ACRL Information Literacy Standard

Standard Four The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.

Standard Five The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.



Choose only one option from below.

Please use a descriptive subject line in your post! (NOT "option 1", etc.)

Option 1 - If you like "hands on"

Goal:  Be creative & collaborate on a project with fellow students
Relevance -
Sense of place at your campus Library 

  • Insert a collaborative, hands-on assignment here
  • If you choose this option, post your intention to the Forum. If it turns out you can't participate, you'll still have until midnight to choose another option.

Options 2, 3, 4

Goal: Learn about radical thought related to information
Relevance: Libraries as agents of social change

Option 2 - If you like radical thinkers who like information

Option 3 - If you like radical thinkers who like information

  • Using the web or a library database, find an item about the Library at Occupy Wall Street. How did it get started and what happened to it? Is there any current news around this topic? Post an item to the Forum including title, author, source, date of the item, URL (sometimes called a permalink in a database) and how you found it.

Option 4 - If you have radical information needs (now or in the future).

  • Ask a question to Radical Reference. Post your question with their response (if you receive it in time) to the Forum. 
  • Radical Reference is a collective of volunteer library workers who believe in social justice and equality. They support activist communities, progressive organizations, and independent journalists by providing professional research support, education and access to information. They work in a collaborative virtual setting and are dedicated to information activism to foster a more egalitarian society.

Option 5 - If you like "insert theme here"

Goal: Learn more about [insert topic here]
Relevance: Based on three presentations on green buiding

  • Use a library database such as [insert database here] (or [insert some other options here]...).
  • Find an item related to the classroom presentations on [insert a few possible topic(s) here]. Post to the Forum (full title, author, source, date, URL or permalink) with a comment about how this item inspires you or how it ties in to one of these presentations.