Introduction to University Research

NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances surrounding COVID-19, all in-person daytime programs have been cancelled. We will resume our on-campus Pre-College daytime programs in summer of 2021.

View our 2020 Pre-College Online Summer Programs

Are you a pre-college high school student interested in understanding and learning more about finding information you’ll need for university-level research assignments? Illinois Tech’s Paul V. Galvin Library is offering an Expert Search Strategies course for high school students in the summer. The objective of this course is to provide an introductory experience to university-level information-finding strategies while developing a solid foundation for lifelong searching and information evaluation skills. Students will learn critical thinking and information literacy skills to find sources to meet a variety of information needs.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and determine the types of information needed for a university-level research assignment
  • Find resources in a range of formats using various research tools
  • Evaluate information sources for credibility and relevance
  • Understand the ethical and legal uses of information, and explain why sources are cited and be able to cite sources appropriately
  • Use tools to organize research, including citation management tools and Google Suite apps 


Rising 10th–12th graders


Mies Campus


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