Recommended Library Tutorials and Resources

Annotated List of Library Tutorials, Videos and Web Resources:

The list below includes web resources, tutorials and videos, all of which are designed to help college students to become familiar with academic libraries, and to develop better research skills. The resources on this list were developed at Kent State University, the University System of Georgia, the University of Pittsburg, Western Connecticut State University, Colorado State University, Empire State University, Eastern Washington State University, Adelphi State University, North Carolina State University, University of California at Los Angeles and Media Education Foundation. All of these resources are available on the open web. The list is organized topically.

Introduction:

Introduction to Academic Libraries. This brief video from Transitioning to College: Helping you Succeed at Kent State University describes how academic libraries are different from school libraries and public libraries.

Library of Congress Call Numbers:

The Library of Congress Classification System (LC): How to Read Call Numbers in an Academic Library. This site from the On Line Library Learning Center of the University System of Georgia, provides an “anatomy” of an LC Call Number and tips on how to find books on the shelf.

 The Library of Congress Call Number System. This on line tutorial on Library of Congress Call Numbers from the University of Pittsburgh provides a description of how call numbers function and information about how to read them, followed by a quiz that enables users to put books in call number order.

The Library of Congress Call Number Quiz. This on-line quiz by Joan Reitz, Haas Instruction Librarian at Western Connecticut State University allows you to test your understanding of how to read Library of Congress Call Numbers.

Research Questions:

Developing a Research Question. This site from Empire State University provides tips and a quiz on how to develop a research question. Developing a research question is a very important step in the research process as it provides focus for your paper. Get tips on how to formulate a research question that is neither too broad nor too narrow, and that you can research successfully.

Research Strategies:

Tips for Research Success. This brief video from Transitioning to College: Helping You Succeed at Kent State University includes some basic tips on how to successfully use an academic library. There is also a list of Top Ten Things First-Year Students Should Know about Using College Libraries to do Research.

Five Steps to Better Research. This brief tutorial from Colorado State University Libraries gives a brief overview of Five Steps to Better Research, including thinking about your topic and coming up with a set of search terms that will help you to locate information about it.

Research Skills. This comprehensive tutorial by Ielleen Miller of Eastern Washington State University takes you through the research process, from choosing a topic, to locating and evaluating sources, to incorporating resources and citing sources properly.

Boolean Searching:

Searching Effectively Using AND, OR, NOT. This brief on-line tutorial from Colorado State University introduces Boolean searching using “and,” “or,” and “not.”

Evaluating Web Sites:

Evaluating Web Sites from 21st Century Information Fluency is a comprehensive guide.

Internet Detective from Intute Virtual Training Center in the UK is an excellent tutorial. 

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply and Questions to Ask  from UC Berkeley is also an excellent guide to evaluating sources.

 

Literature Review:

Conducting a Literature Review in Education and the Behavioral Sciences. This tutorial from Adelphi University provides an overview of what a literature review is and how to go about researching and writing one.

Peer Review: Peer Review in Five Minutes. This brief on-line tutorial from North Carolina State University Libraries provides a description of the process of peer review, and how peer reviewed publications differ from other types of publications.

Periodical Indexes/Article Databases General:

Article Databases in Five Minutes. This brief tutorial from North Carolina State University Libraries that describes what most periodical indexes and databases have in common.

Talking to Databases. This brief video from Transitioning to College: Helping You to Succeed at Kent State University provides a few tips on “how to talk to databases,” in other words, how to develop search terms and search strategies that will help you to locate the information you need.

How to Cite Your Sources:

Citing Your Sources. This tutorial from Eastern Washington State University provides an overview and a quiz on how to do citations in either APA or MLA.

Understanding Copyright:

Carlos’ and Eddie’s Guide to Bruin Success with Less Stress: Intellectual Property. This tutorial from UCLA provides an overview of copyright law through a series of questions and answers.

A Fair(y) Use Tale. Eric Fadden’s brief video, “A Fair(y) Use Tale,” sponsored by the Media Education Foundation, is available on YouTube. It provides an overview of copyright law using clips from Disney films.