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Keywords and Research Questions

Keywords and Research Questions

One of the most important steps in the research process is narrowing your topic and figuring out how to communicate with websites, databases, and search engines to find what you're looking for.

In this tutorial you will learn to:

  • Create Research Questions
  • Create Keywords using Research Questions.

Using the Catalog

Using the Catalog to Find Print Books, DVDs, and Print Magazines

Books are a great way to start your research and get background information on a topic. To find a print book, movie, or print magazine about your topic, you’ll want to check the library Catalog.

In this tutorial you will learn to:

  • Use the Schmidt Library catalog to find physical books, DVDs, and magazines
  • Place holds to request materials that are currently checked out
  

 

 

InterLibrary Loans

InterLibrary Loans

One of the biggest misconceptions about the library is thinking that the only sources you have access to are the ones on our shelves or in our databases. Our library is a part of a much larger network of libraries working together to share resources so that everyone is more likely to find what they need.

In this tutorial you will learn to:

  • Borrow items Schmidt Library doesn't own from other libraries
  • Use E-ZBorrow and ILLiad to place interlibrary loan requests

Using Summon

Using Summon to Find Ebooks and Articles

Summon is a tool for searching multiple library databases at once to help you locate the articles and information you need for research.

Databases usually are more trustworthy than articles from a regular Google search because articles on databases have been specifically chosen by librarians and experts (researchers and other professionals in their fields).

In this tutorial you will learn to:

  • Use Summon to find ebooks and articles for research

Locating Research-Based Articles

Locating Research-Based Articles (Empirical Studies)

When doing research, especially in the sciences, sometimes your research something is something testable. However, it’s not always possible to conduct an experiment yourself. So, finding empirical studies is a good way to see how other experts have used surveys, observations, and experiments to study a topic.

In this tutorial you will learn to:

  • Use Summon to locate research-based articles (empirical studies)

If you're researching for a behavioral sciences topic such as in psychology, you have even more options in our subject databases to locate empirical studies.

In this tutorial you will learn to:

  • Use Summon to locate empirical studies
  • Use PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO to locate empirical studies for behavioral sciences

Evaluating Websites

Evaluating Websites

Websites should always be the last place you go for research. Always begin with books and articles from the Library databases because they are easier to trust. However, when you do need to use websites in your research, we want to make sure that we're using sites that we can trust. Fortunately we can use the CRAAP test to evaluate websites to find ones that are more trustworthy to use.

In this tutorial you will learn to:

  • Evaluate websites for reliability using the CRAAP test.

Faculty: Request Tutorial Results

Faculty: Request Tutorial Results

Are you using our tutorials in one of your courses? Have you asked your students to complete any of our tutorials? You can request the results, including a list of students who completed these tutorials by submitting the form below.

Feel free to request that a report be emailed to you at a future date or ask for immediate results.

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