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Research Tutorials: Research Tips

Getting Started: Picking a Research Topic

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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.

Magazines vs. Scholarly Journals: Discover the Difference

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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. 

Brainstorming 101

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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.             

Using Library Research Guides

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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. 

Google Scholar

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Google Scholar

This brief tutorial will walk you through using Google Scholar. Google Scholar is an extension of Google, but all the information found comes solely from scholarly resources, such as articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions. 

The Search for Information

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The Search for Information: Using Keywords

This video on developing keyword searches picks 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. 

Finding Peer Reviewed Articles

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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.