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Databases introduction

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Databases A-Z list

How to use the filters to find databases.

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Why use library databases?

Benefits of using library databases over searching the web.

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Use keywords & filters to search databases

Follow a YC student as he uses the many features of a library database.

Specific database how-tos

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CQ Researcher basics

An interactive tutorial for searching in the CQ Researcher database.

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Ebook Central basics

How to access Ebook Central ebooks using Adobe Digital Editions.

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Library Catalog basics

A video tutorial for searching the library catalog.

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New York Times

How to subscribe and access The New York Times.

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OverDrive setup with Libby & Kindle

How to setup and access OverDrive ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines on your devices.

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ProQuest basics

An interactive tutorial for searching in the ProQuest databases.

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SiRS Researcher basics

An interactive tutorial for searching in the SiRS Researcher database.

More how-tos

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Adobe Digital Editions

How to install and use ADE to read protected ebooks.

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Download & print ebooks

How to download, save, and/or print ebooks. See restrictions from each database publisher.

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Renew & place holds

How to use the YLN catalog.

Research skills

Key research skills

Explore techniques to writing a great research paper. Learn how to budget your time, choose a topic, find resources, and cite.

Budget your time Choose a topic Determine the best resources Develop your topic Explore & evaluate your information
Avoiding plagiarism

Useful examples and guidelines for avoiding plagiarism.

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Assessing websites

How to evaluate the best websites for your research.

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Evaluating magazines & newspapers

Select articles that meet your research needs.

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Online search strategies

Explore techniques to make your web searches more fruitful.

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Popular vs scholarly articles

Learn the differences between scholarly journals (peer-reviewed), and popular or trade magazines.

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Citation guides

It is important to cite your sources to give credit where it is due and to avoid the consequences of plagiarism.

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