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Getting Started: Picking a Research Topic

Getting Started: Picking a Research Topic: Not sure how to get started with selecting a research topic? This video walks you through the basics of selecting a subject of interest to you, and how to utilize library databases to select a topic. Click here to view the video.

Navigating the Library Website

Navigating the Library Website: This short video introduces you to all the helpful content on the libraries' website. After watching this tutorial, you will know where to access the libraries' online resources, where to find books in the library, how to reserve a quiet study room, how to get in touch with us 24/7, and much more. Click here to view.

Evaluating Websites

Evaluating Websites - When you're doing research on the Web, usually the biggest problem is getting hit with so much information. This short video will give you some tips on how to navigate through the sea of information, avoid frustration, and pick out quality websites to use for your research assignments. Click here to view this tutorial.

Brainstorming 101

Brainstorming 101: This video walks you through the process of fine tuning your research idea into something that will be the right fit for your assignment. You will get tips on how to narrow or broaden your topic based on the length and source requirements. Click here to view this tutorial.

Using Library Research Guides

Using Library Research Guides: This tutorial will take you on a stroll through what a typical library research guide looks like, and how it works. Click here for the tour. 

Google Scholar

This brief tutorial will walk you through using Google Scholar. Google Scholar is an extention of Google, but all the information found comes soley from scholary resources, such as articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions. Click here to view this tutorial.

Magazines vs. Scholarly Journals: Discover the Difference

Magazines vs. Scholarly Journals: Discover the Difference - While articles from journals and magazines have great information and are very useful, there are some important differences between information found in each publication type. Click here to view this video and discover the differences.

The Search for Information

The Search for Information: Using Keywords will pick up where the "Getting Started" and "Brainstorming 101" tutorials left off. Here you will be shown how to come up with the best search terms to use for finding information on your research topic. Click here to view this video.

Finding Peer Reviewed Articles

Finding Peer Reviewed Articles: Many instructors want you to include at least one scholarly, peer reviewed article when completing a research assignment. This tutorial will explain why these peer reviewed articles are important, and will walk you through the process of locating them. Click here to view the tutorial. 

Google Advanced Search

One excellent way to help you find quality websites is to use Google's Advanced Search option. Here, you can specify what type of website you want (.edu instead of .com), limit to websites that have been updated within a certain time frame, and much more. View this tutorial for all the Advanced Search tips.

Citations 101

Citations 101: This video briefly explains why citations are important, and how to format them both in the paper and in your references list (APA) or works cited list (MLA). Click here to view this tutorial. 

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