JSTOR has made its popular Research Basics course easier and simpler to access. Research Basics, a free and open online course designed to help early college and college-bound students learn academic research skills, was originally available as a Moodle course that required registration; it has now been moved to the LibGuides platform and the registration requirement removed.

Research Basics is not specific to JSTOR, but covers a range of key research skills broadly applicable to academic research. The course consists of three modules with three lessons each, practice quizzes, and assessments for each module. Students can take the self-paced course at school or at home, and will learn about effective searching, evaluating credibility, and properly citing sources.

For educators, we have an Instructor’s Guide that includes classroom activities and rubrics, as well as the scripts for each video lesson.