May 22, 2022

JSTOR’s Free and Open “Research Basics” Course Now Easier to Access (Registration No Longer Required, Move to LibGuide Platform)


JSTOR has made its popular 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 available upon request and includes classroom activities and rubrics, as well as the scripts for each video lesson.

Direct to Research Basics

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.