Information Cycle: Learn which resources you should use based on the timeliness of your topic. New topics will be found through media, whereas established topics can be found in academic journals or books.
Why Can’t I Just Google? : This video from University of Auckland, New Zealand, demonstrates how using the library’s database are the most effective way of creating academic research papers that meet professor’s expectations.
Research Process: Short three minute video on how to start a research assignment and find resources.
Getting Started with Your Research: Tutorial from Ferris State University that guides you through each step of the research process, from choosing keywords to limiting search results.
Library Databases vs Search Engines: What is the difference between using a search engine like Google or using the library’s databases? Are the resources available the same? Find out in this short two minute video.
What’s a library database?: Quick two minute video explaining the variety and quality of resources available through the library’s databases.
Talking to Databases: Short video demonstrating how to search a database using keywords, subject words and sorting through the results. Key point is to use short key words or phrases not sentences!
Searching Databases: Five minute video showing how to chose a database and then sort through results to find the most appropriate resources for your particular assignment.
Generating Search Terms Part 1: One Minute video on creating search terms in order to effectively search databases, saving time and frustration.
Generating Search Terms Part 2: Two minute video demonstrating how to use Subject terms to find the most relevant resources for your research assignments.
Understanding Boolean Operators: Learn how to expand or narrow your database search results using AND, OR, and NOT when searching multiple terms.
Evaluating Websites: Sometimes you need information from the Internet for an assignment, learn how to analyze websites for credibility. This short video shows you how to quickly and easily access various websites.
CRAAP Method of Evaluating Resources: Whether you are using a website, journal article or book, learn how to determine whether a source is credible and relevant for your assignments.
Journal vs Popular Magazines: Quick guide comparing popular magazines with Journals, enabling you to easily tell the difference.
Scholarly vs Popular Sources: Quick video that explains the difference between scholarly sources and popular sources, whether it is a book or journal article.
Primary vs Secondary Sources: Learn how to distinguish a primary source from a secondary source.
How to Read a Scientific Journal: Tips for reviewing a scientific article in the most effective and efficient manner in order to gain a clear understanding of the article without getting bogged down by unnecessary details.
Effective Note-taking: Short video with tips for taking notes during lectures and from textbooks. Mastering note-taking and methodically reviewing your notes can result in greater retention of information and greater efficiency in preparing for tests and research assignments.
Writing Process: Guide from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) on how to write and organize your research paper.
Quick Guide to Plagiarism: Entertaining video that show the many forms of plagiarism and why you should avoid it.
Son of Citation Machine: Link to the SCM website where you can input your resource information and create citations in many styles such as APA, MLA and Chicago. Remember you are always responsible for the accuracy of the final citation.
Annotated Bibliographies: Guide from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL), showing how to create an annotated bibliography using various style formats like APA and MLA.
Writing for Nursing Assignments: Guide from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL), showing how to write for the profession of Nursing.