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Database how-tos

Why use library databases?

Benefits of using library databases over searching the web.

Search databases with keywords

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

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CQ Researcher basics

An interactive tutorial for searching in the CQ Researcher database.

Ebook Central basics

How to access Ebook Central ebooks using Adobe Digital Editions.

Library Catalog basics

A video tutorial for searching the library catalog.

OverDrive setup & use

How to install, setup, & use 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.

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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