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New Student Research Skills

Rasmussen students have access to all kinds of resources and services to help them succeed in school. As a new student, we want you to be able to focus on the resources that will be most helpful as you're getting started.


Use this page to learn how to:

  • Locate the Rasmussen University Library
  • Find credible resources in Google
  • Complete a simple search using the library's Discovery search tool

Where do I find the Rasmussen University library?

To access the Rasmussen University Library: 

  1. Log into your online course
  2. Select  "View course & institution tools" under Books & Tools on the left side  
  3. Select Library Resources

This loads the library homepage where you can browse our resources or do a search in the Discovery search tool.

Searching Google

A Google search is a good place to start when you are looking for general information or data and statistics on a topic. The issue with Google is that a search shows your hundreds of thousands of results on a topic regardless of quality. Watch the video below to learn:

  • Search tips to help you find reliable websites

  • Strategies for evaluating if the information you found is credible

Discovery Search

Use the Discovery box above to search most of the Rasmussen University Library's databases in one search. Best results are achieved by typing one or two keywords that describes your topic into the search textbox and clicking search. Watch the video below for a demonstration of how to use this database tool effectively:

Need Help?

Need help getting started? Brainstorming search terms? Determining if a source is credible?

Rasmussen librarians are here to help you!