1. Home
  2. Information Cycle
  3. Investigating
  4. Searching
  5. Locating
  6. Evaluating
  7. Utilizing

Does it ever feel like finding the right information for that research project is like searching for the legendary Pot of Gold?

You're not alone. Everyone is surprised at first by the overwhelming resources available in a modern academic library. But take heart! The 6 modules in the Pot of Gold information literacy tutorial are designed to help you discover and develop the information literacies that will support your learning throughout your college years and beyond. And as you leave Notre Dame, you'll discover that information literacy is a crucial skill in both your personal and professional life. The ability to discover and assess information is a treasure that will serve you for a lifetime, so start your quest for the information Pot of Gold today!

Begin the Tutorial


  1. Information Cycle
    How does a simple question or a single event in history become the focus of research and scholarly analysis?

  2. Investigating
    Preliminary investigation of the assignment, the topic, and the research question will save you time and effort.

  3. Searching
    Information is everywhere. Learn how to select the best sources for your particular information needs.

  4. Locating
    Learn how to find books, download articles or obtain other information you need from Hesburgh Libraries and beyond.

  5. Evaluating
    Don't get caught with the wrong information! Remember CAARP - Currency, Authority, Accuracy, Relevance, and Purpose.

  6. Utilizing
    Give credit where credit's due. Apply appropriate ethical guidelines to the use of information.

  Pot of Gold Quiz

Finished the tutorial and looking to test your skills? The Pot of Gold Quiz is also the first step in earning the Library Research and Information Literacy Badge.

Take the Quiz

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The Begin Your Research tutorial content is adapted by permission from the UC Irvine Libraries' Department of Education and Outreach. The TIP information literacy tutorial content is adapted by permission from the University of Wyoming. Where not otherwise noted, images and media in the Pot of Gold tutorial originate with Hesburgh Libraries, University of Wyoming or University of California Irvine Libraries Department of Education and Outreach. Leprechaun icon is courtesy of Freepik.