Use of Searchpath

What is Searchpath?
Searchpath is a self-paced tutorial where Southeast students can learn basic information literacy concepts and skills. It covers the research process from initial topic selection to citation styles and the issue of plagiarism. Access Searchpath from the Libraries' home page or directly at

Content is organized into six modules:

1 - Starting smart an overview that introduces students to various types of sources as well as evaluation of evidence and sources.
2 - Choosing a topic which provides tips on broadening and narrowing a topic and discusses search concepts.
3 - Using the Catalog which has live practice searches in our online catalog.
4 - Finding articles in which students can practice searching the Academic Search Premier database.
5 - Using the Web which includes the comparative evaluation of Web sources.
6 - Citing sources a module that also includes the topics of plagiarism and copyright.

Each module takes about 15-20 minutes to complete and is followed by an optional short quiz.  All UI100 sections are automatically given access to the quizzes at the beginning of each semester.  For all other classes, contact Claudia Ruediger.

Does Searchpath replace information literacy instruction?
No. We offer course-related instruction designed just for your class. Research shows that:

  • Students learn best and retain most when they need the information.
  • Instruction is more effective when the course instructor is present.
  • Instruction is more effective when coordinated with a class assignment.

To arrange an information literacy session or access to Searchpath quizzes contact:

Claudia Ruediger, phone: 986-6793, email: