The tutorials below will help you understand important concepts in doing library-based research and paper writing. Each tutorial features both a video and text version, with closed captioning available for the video. All content created by the CLIP project and made available through a Creative Commons License.
Short how-to pieces to get you started.
Deciphering Your Assignment - Students will learn to deconstruct an assignment to its basic parts and identify appropriate sources to complete it successfully. Text version.
- Developing a Topic - Students will learn to develop an appropriate topic for a research paper by considering goals, approaches, topic scope and helpful resources. Text version.
- Generating Search Terms - This tutorial will help students generate effective search terms for internet or database searching. Text version.
- Internet Searching Tips - Students will learn some internet search tips and strategies. Text version.
- Popular & Scholarly Sources - Students will learn to differentiate between popular and scholarly sources and will be able to use them appropriately in their research. Text version.
- Primary & Secondary Sources - Students will be able to distinguish between primary and secondary sources and will be able to use them appropriately in their research. Text version.
- What Is A Library Database? - Students will learn what sort of information they might find in library databases and will understand when to use them appropriately for research. Text version.
- Why You Need To Cite Sources - Students will learn some of the reasons it is important to cite sources when writing a research paper. Text version.
- Incorporating Sources Into Your Paper - Students will learn how to incorporate sources into their college or university research papers. They will be able to effectively structure sources, include analysis and use sources to support an argument. Text version.
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- Getting Started with Your Research - This tutorial will help you learn to identify the different parts of an assignment sheet or syllabus related to research.
- Exploring Your Topic - This tutorial illustrates the importance of exploration before thesis formation, provides some easy ways to explore, and points out some things about Wikipedia that many people do not know.
- Using Sources to Research Your Topic - Books, news articles and scholarly articles can all be used to help you research your topic. However, you will find different types of information in each of these sources because each one is usually written for a different audience. Knowing the difference between these sources and how to use them effectively will make you a better researcher.
- Keywords - In this tutorial you will learn about how keyword searching works, and some things to consider during your search process.
- Using One Good Source to Find More - This part of the tutorial shows you how to track down a specific source. It shows you how to access the resources provided by your library so you don't end up paying for information sources you have the right to access as a registered student.