This article was published as a chapter in Connections: A Text Compiled for Pace University’s Freshman Seminar. Eds. Susan Crawford and Monica Zeigler. 2nd ed. Boston: Pearson Custom Publishing, 2000. 159-167. Copyrights by Pace University.

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At some point in your time at Pace you may be asked to complete a research paper, a debate, a speech, or a group project which will require you to do research. The mission of the Pace University Library is to provide you with the ability to find, access, and evaluate the information resources you'll need, whether those items are books, articles, websites, statistics, or some other form of information. Our goal is not only to help you complete your course assignments, but to help you develop information-seeking skills which you will be able to use after you graduate from Pace.

The skills you develop in the library may help you select a graduate school, a health plan at your new job, or a candidate in an upcoming election. Whether you are seeking information for personal reasons or for a class assignment, you will need to know what resources are available to assist you in locating information, how to access or obtain a piece of information once you know it exists, and how to evaluate whether the information you have located is valuable to you.