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EST 104: Engineering Essentials and Design

A Guide for students doing research in an Information Literacy Intensive Engineering course.

The Information Literacy Core Academic Skill at NECC

Information Literacy: Students will learn to identify their information needs, then locate, evaluate, and appropriately integrate information to accomplish a specific purpose. Students will demonstrate the ability to use current technology as well as other research resources to successfully find, and then effectively communicate the information.

This course will fulfill your requirement to take a course that is information literacy intensive. That means that in this course you will demonstrate that you have the above skills, and that you can use information ethically, citing your sources and avoiding plagiarism.

This guide is intended to help you find, evaluate and cite appropriate sources for academic research in Engineering.


Elements of Information Literacy

The Information Literate Person

  • Determines the nature and extent of information needed
  • Accesses the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluates information and its sources critically
  • Incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base
  • Uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Uses information ethically and legally.

Adapted from the Association of College and Research Libraries Standards

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Searched the databases and still coming up empty? Found a source but aren't sure if it's scholarly or popular?

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To cite this LibGuide use the following templates:

APA: Northern Essex Community College Library. (Date updated). Title of page. Title of LibGuide. URL

MLA: Northern Essex Community College Library. "Title of Page." Title of LibGuide, Date updated, URL.