Peru State College Library Empower

In this tutorial, you will discover how to identify your information need, search for information, evaluate information and its sources, apply and use information ethically and legally, and acknowledge your use of the information.

You will learn skills that will help you succeed in your academic, professional, and personal pursuits.

To navigate in each module, use either the “next” and “back” buttons or the tabs along the left side. Avoid using a combination of the two to prevent broken links.

You may also use the Empower Workbook found in the navigation bar to complete your research as you go through the tutorial.  The workbook is a Word document (.doc). Look for the blue star (Empower_workbook_star) throughout the tutorial to know when you should answer questions in the workbook. The workbook may not open if using Safari as your browser.


Module 1 – Introduction to Research


Module 2 – Choosing Your Topic


Module 3 – Building Search Strategies


Module 4 – Searching the Library Catalog


Module 5 – Searching Library Databases


Module 6 – Searching the Web


Module 7 – Evaluating Information


Module 8 – Using Information


Module 9 – Citing Sources with APA


Module 10 – Citing Sources with MLA


Module 11 – Citing Tools


Module 12 – The End



PSC EMPOWER, by Peru State College Library, 2011-2018, is a modified version of EMPOWER. Original EMPOWER material, 2007, is a tutorial developed by Wichita State University Libraries. EMPOWER incorporates material from inflite, a tutorial developed by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 2003, and Searchpath, a tutorial developed by Western Michigan University, 2001-2002, both of which are based on material from TILT, a tutorial developed by the Digital Information Literacy Office for the University of Texas System Digital Library, 1998-2002. This material may be reproduced, distributed, or incorporated only subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the EMPOWER Creative Commons License