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Interactive Tutorials


Students can complete the tutorials below on their own to help strengthen their research skills.

Instructors and faculty can link to these tutorials in their Canvas courses. Contact the Libraries’ Instruction Coordinator if you need assistance.

Selecting Keywords to Search

Take the tutorial to learn how to pull keywords from your research question, which will help you when you search in library databases.

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Academic Search Premier

Take the tutorial to learn how to use Academic Search Premier, a general library database.

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Evaluating News Sources

Take the tutorial to learn how to evaluate news sources you find on the internet.

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Evaluating Web Sources

Take the tutorial to learn how to evaluate any source you find on the internet.

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Take the tutorials below and watch the videos to begin developing your research skills. If you have other questions, please Ask a Librarian.

Selecting Keywords to Search

Take the tutorial to learn how to pull keywords from your research question, which will help you when you search in library databases.

Keyword search tutorial thumbnail

Academic Search Premier

Take the tutorial to learn how to use Academic Search Premier, a general library database.

Academic Search Premier tutorial thumbnail

Evaluating News Sources

Take the tutorial to learn how to evaluate news sources you find on the internet.

Evaluating News Sources tutorial thumbnail

Evaluating Web Sources

Take the tutorial to learn how to evaluate any source you find on the internet.

Evaluating Web Sources tutorial thumbnail

Video Tutorials


Students can watch the tutorials below on their own to help strengthen their research skills.

Instructors and faculty can link to these tutorials in their Canvas courses. Contact the Libraries’ Instruction Coordinator if you need assistance.

Images of an older version of the library website appear in some videos. The concepts and skills covered translate when applied to the current website, however.

Reading Citations

Learn how to read a citation for a book, book chapter or essay, and a journal article.

Video Transcript

Citing Sources Guide

Call Numbers & Finding Books in the Library

Learn about the Library of Congress call number system and how to use it to find a book in the library.

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Locating Books Guide

What is a Library Database?

Learn about the differences between a Google search and a search in a library database.

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Mind-Mapping to Focus a Topic

Learn how to turn your introductory research interest into a focused research topic.

Video Transcript

Watch the videos below to learn about library services and resources. If you have other questions, please Ask a Librarian.

In January 2019, the library website was updated. Some of the videos below include images from the old library website, but still correspond to the current website.

Reading Citations

Learn how to read a citation for a book, book chapter or essay, and a journal article.

Video Transcript

Citing Sources Guide

Call Numbers & Finding Books in the Library

Learn about the Library of Congress call number system and how to use it to find a book in the library.

Video Transcript

Locating Books Guide

What is a Library Database?

Learn about the differences between a Google search and a search in a library database.

Video Transcript

Mind-Mapping to Focus a Topic

Learn how to turn your introductory research interest into a focused research topic.

Video Transcript

Last updated: 08/12/2020