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Research at the TMC Library: Research Guide

A guide to finding reliable information.

Why use the Information Literacy Library Guide?

The availability of information online makes it seem like finding the answer to a question or research is as easy as typing a few keywords into Google.

Unfortunately this is not always the case; often results returned by search engines aren't relevant or don't offer full-text options.

Learning to use the TMC Library and its resources will ensure that you get quality results that are relevant to your research. 

Librarian Assistance

Our friendly reference librarians can help you with general information (such as locating full-text articles) or in-depth research questions (like how to use research databases). Stop by the Reference Desk for one-on-one help. You may also call, email, or chat us!

Phone: 713.799.7162

SMS text your question to 713.636.5295



Our reference hours are:

Days Time
Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm

What is Information Literacy?

This library guide is designed to serve as a starting point to learning the basics (and essentials) of information literacy (IL).

So what exactly is information literacy? 

Information literacy, as defined by ACRL, is "a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information".

Basically, infomation literacy is knowing

  • when you need information
  • how to find information
  • how to evaluate the information you find
  • how to best use the information

A variety of topics can be covered under the umbrella of information literacy. 

Information Literacy UmbrellaCreative Commons image courtesy of danahlongley via Flickr