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Information Literacy Program at Decker Library

A toolkit for MICA's Information Literacy Program

When To Use

This activity is most useful when paired with a research assignment (like a paper) for which they'll need books and journal articles. It can be used after a concept mapping exercise to prime them for keyword searching.

Tools Needed

Here is some basic sample text that can be remixed for your purposes:


Find textual resources related to your topic

What keywords will you use? List at least 5 terms.








Using your keywords, go to the library catalog and find a book. Retrieve it from the stacks. Record a citation for the book in Chicago format.



Select a database from Decker Library’s website []  and search for your topic. Why did you choose this database? What types of topics does it focus on?


Choose an article that will be useful for your research. What kind of a journal/magazine was this? Record a citation for your article here:

Time Needed

You should allow for at least 30 minutes to complete the exercise portion. So, if you plan to do an introduction to library resources first, make sure you account for that time as well.

Decker Library at the Maryland Institute College of Art | Location: 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217 | Mailing: 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217

Research Help: 410-225-2273 / | General Questions: 410-225-2272 /

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