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IQ (Information Quality) Tutorials and Research Aids

Our tutorials and research aids are organized into seven sections that follow the steps in the research process. You can work your way through all seven steps, or pop in at the step that you need help with right now. Each step is divided into subsections to help you find the information you need. As always, you can contact us any time at libraryiq@austinseminary.edu with any questions.

  1. Identify and develop your topic
  2. Find background information
  3. Use the catalog to find books, e-books, and media
  4. Use databases to find articles and book chapters
  5. Find additional web resources
  6. Evaluate what you find
  7. Cite and use what you find

These tutorials, research aids, and our in-person training sessions are part of the IQ or Information Quality program at Austin Seminary. “IQ,” is our term for information literacy, which we define as the ability to effectively find, retrieve, analyze and use information appropriately, ethically and creatively. Austin Seminary has named information literacy as a fundamental part of the learning outcomes in its revised Master's of Divinity curriculum, which states that our graduates will "pursue and evaluate knowledge through inquiry, research, contemplation, critical thinking and practice, and wide-ranging discussion and collaboration."

The four pillars of IQ can be remembered with the acronym FRAU:

  • Find
  • Retrieve
  • Analyze
  • Use


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