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How to Login if You are Off-Campus

FSU's Whittemore Library requires that users who are off-campus authenticate through Blackboard.  Blackboard Accounts are set up through Blackboard, not the library, so while we will help as much as possible to get you onto our databases from off-campus, sometimes we may have to refer you back to Information Technology to get your account set-up properly.  Below we have included links for how to contact the ITS Help Desk if you need assistance.  

Finding Reliable Information

So you are starting your research project or even just reading a news story.  How do you know the information you are looking at is reliable and true?   In the past, researchers relied primarily on information in print resources, like books, journals and newspapers.  Before a print resource is published, it undergoes a rigorous editorial process, where facts are verified.  Today, most if not all of the sources we rely on for research, study and news are online.  The reader is now the one who has to determine the veracity of what they are reading.  That is no easy task.  A Stanford Graduate School of Education study confirmed just how tough verifying information and news online can be.  Take a look at this guide which will help you to navigate to the reliable information you need for your studies as well as your day to day news and information.  Still confused about what is reliable?  Check in with the reference staff (stop by, call 508-626-4654 or email us).  Finding reliable information is our specialty!

The Information Literacy Song

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Karen Medin
Whittemore Library, Rm 114
Framingham State University
100 State St., Box 1901
Framingham, MA 01701
Subjects:English, Philosophy