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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Join Otis’ new President Bruce W. Ferguson and new Director of Galleries and Exhibitions Kate McNamara at a special reception for alumni and friends at the historic National Arts Club.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015
    7:00 – 9:00 pm

    National Arts Club
    15 Gramercy Park South
    New York, NY 10003
    Business Casual attire is required by the National Arts Club
    For dress code information, visit: www.nationalartsclub.org (under About Us/FAQs)

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Adam Linder is a choreographer based between Berlin and Los Angeles, working both in theatre and visual art contexts. He has been developing a dance based  format he calls Choreographic Services since 2013. This aspect of his work is focused on underscoring real time and economic conditions that are integral to the discipline of  choreography. At Otis Linder will introduce this format both conceptually and practically, discussing why 'servicing' is the relevant way for his work to publicly engage.  

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event
    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.
    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.
    October 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm


Information Literacy | Research How Tos OLD

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Learning Goal: Otis graduates will be able to assemble, evaluate, and ethically use information from diverse sources to accomplish a specific purpose.

Simple Guides


What is Info Lit?

Information Literacy = Survival

Introduction to Information Literacy from the Association of College & Research Libraries

Information Literacy at Otis: Learning Outcomes by Level

LIB globe  What is Information Literacy?

The Information Cycle 10 minute movie tutorial from Penn State

Know the Otis Library

About the Library

About Call Numbers

LIB libtour  Quick Library Tour

The Research Process

Concept Mapping

Example of How to Begin Researching a Topic

How to Clarify Your Topic

How to Broaden or Narrow Your Topic

Starting Research  Beginning Your Research

video  Scholarship is a Conversation

 What is a Research Paper  What is a Research Paper

Doing Research: An Introduction to the Concepts of Online Searching from University of Illinois

Research Paper Calculator from Tufts University

Finding Articles in Online Subscription Databases

Finding Articles in Periodicals

About Periodical Indexes

About Databases

About Keyword Searching

How to Clarify Your Topic

What Are Databases and Why You Need Them video by Yavapai College

"Seeking Information" Tutorial (5 min. Flash animation) from University of Colorado

Choosing a Database short Flash tutorial from University of Colorado

Evaluating Sources

Types of Information

Primary and Secondary Sources

Criteria for Evaluating Information

CRAAP Detection

Sample Annotations (the Otis Way)

Identify Your Sources  Identify Your Sources with Dr. Giuntini

LIB infolit cartoon  Why Can't I Just Google?

Peer Review in 5 Minutes - video by North Carolina State University Libraries

Evaluating Information In-depth interactive tutorial with quizzes from University of Newcastle

Credible Sources Count! 10 minute animated interactive tutorial from Acadia University

Using Boolean Logic

Boolean Logic (advanced searching)

Boolean Operators Video 3 minute YouTube Video explaining the concept

Using AND, OR, and NOT interactive tutorial from Colorado State

Searching Effectively Using Truncation interactive tutorial from Colorado State University

Using Information Ethically

Citing Sources

Copyright / Intellectual Property

Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It


Don't forget to run your paper through Grammarly just to be sure you don't have any uncited quotes!

Copyright video  Copyright Basics Video

How to Avoid Plagiarism Outstanding Flash movie tutorials from Rutgar's University

You Quote It, You Note It!

Bruin Success with Less Stress

Copyright and Creative Commons Flash Movies