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Much of its content originated from a series of tutorials, called net.TUTOR, by Ohio State University Libraries. These people contributed significantly to net.TUTOR’s content:

  • Shannon Baird
  • Leila Ben-Nasr
  • Beth Black
  • Karen Diaz
  • Danny Dotson
  • Sandra Enimil
  • Deborah Kuzawa
  • Brian Leaf
  • Cheryl Lowry
  • Tingting Lu
  • Anastasia Nurre
  • Nancy O’Hanlon
  • Amy Pickenpaugh
  • Diana Ramey
  • Melanie Schlosser
  • Yih Yee Wong

Graphic Credits

Types of Sources

Book icon designed by Alessandro Suraci from the Noun Project.
Clipboard icon designed by Pham Thi Dieu Linh from the Noun Project.
Film icon designed by Joe Mortell from the Noun Project.
Idea icon designed by Christopher Holm-Hansen from the Noun Project.
Light Bulb icon designed by Phil Goodwin from the Noun Project.
Magazine icon designed by Diego Naive from the Noun Project.
Mirror icon designed by Cornelius Danger from the Noun Project.
Newspaper icon designed by Veysel Kara from the Noun Project.
Podcast icon designed by Simple Icons from the Noun Project.
Question icon designed by Icons8 from the Noun Project.
Quote icon designed by Irene Hoffman from the Noun Project.
Speech icon designed by Lian Lima from the Noun Project.
Video icon designed by Dominic Whittle from the Noun Project.
Website icon designed by Max Miner from the Noun Project.

Sources and Information Needs

Binoculars icon designed by Ryan Spiering from the Noun Project.
Check Mark icon designed by Gustav Salomonsson from the Noun Project.
Discussion icon designed by Nikolay Necheuhin from the Noun Project.
Hand Framing icon designed by MoRiza from the Noun Project.
Question icon designed by Christopher Holm-Hansen from the Noun Project.

Precision Searching

Left Helix Arrow icon designed by Louis Dawson from the Noun Project.

Evaluating Sources

“The Outernet” illustration by John Atkinson from Wrong Hands.
Calendar icon designed by Márcio Duarte from the Noun Project.
Check Mark icon designed by Gustav Salomonsson from the Noun Project.
Clipboard icon designed by Jerad Maplethorpe from the Noun Project.
Puzzle icon designed by Richard Schumann from the Noun Project.
Scale icon designed by Raj Mohanlal from the Noun Project.
Star icons designed by José Manuel de Laá from the Noun Project.

Ethical Use of Sources

“Wikipedian Protester” by Randall Monroe from XKCD.

How to Cite Sources

List icon designed by Filip Malinowski from the Noun Project.
Mirror icon designed by Cornelius Danger from the Noun Project.
Quote icon designed by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from the Noun Project.


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