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Library & Research Know-How

LARK: An Open Educational Resource


Welcome to LARK OER (Library & Research Know-how: An Open Educational Resource). This guide has been put together by the Academic Skills Team in the library to ensure that you get the best support for your information needs for the academic year ahead. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at

Who is this Guide for?

This Guide is for students

This guide is intended as a self-directed resource to help you through your studies, particularly if you are studying at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Are you a first year student, just starting to be asked to use Library resources independently by your instructor (i.e. outside your reading list), or are you returning to third-level education after some time away? You might get started with the tabs on Sources, on Evaluating Information and on Citing & Referencing. Are you starting a major research assignment i.e. final year project or Master's project? Not a bad idea to check it out all the way through, starting with section one, which covers the very important Research Question.


This Guide is for teachers 

Are you a member of the NUI Galway community in a teaching role? You are encouraged to embed any of the material here in your reading list or in Blackboard. Instructors are welcome to use our Blackboard compatible bank of quiz questions to embed in their modules, either as assessed or non-assessed material. Upload the folder available at the link above for a Pool of questions based on the content of this Guide.

Not sure how, or looking for further ideas on how to embed these resources in your teaching? Get in touch, 


Note that there are self-directed activities throughout the Guide, so take a few extra moments from time to time to test your knowledge. Look for the red icon at left.


Creative Commons License

This resource, Learning and Research Know-how (LARK) OER, by Academic Skills Team, NUI Galway Library, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Based on Choosing and Using Sources by Ohio State University Libraries Teaching & Learning at

Includes also materials from All Aboard including especially the Systematic Searching tutorial and the Citing and Referencing tutorial.