Building your Research Skills

An introduction to knowledge and skills to help you become a more able researcher.

Beyond Google

               

While Google is often seen as the world's library, its results are uneven and generally not as useful for university study than academic databases. Welcome to a whole new world of information.

How to Use Library OneSearch

In just over 18 minutes, I want to walk you through the search functions of Library OneSearch, show you our research guides, and offer options for formatting citations and even using Google Scholar.  It may not be a movie thriller, but it can really help, so watch it. 

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How to Search for Books

Book searching can present its own challenges:

  • How do you perform searches?
  • How do you identify print books?
  • How do you identify e-books?
  • How do you use e-books?
  • Can the database provide formatted citations?

The following 5 minute tutorial will answer all of that and more:

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Searching for Articles in EBSCO Databases

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Non-EBSCO Article Searching

Not all of our databases are supplied by EBSCO. For tutorials to those databases (and our EBSCO databases), go to the Database Tutorials by Subject tab.

How Do I Cite Articles?

It depends. There are several citation formats: APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, and SBL. Each has its own features. For guides to each format, see:

APA
MLA
Chicago/Turabian
SBL

Finding Full Text from an Article Citation

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How to Choose your Keywords

Keywords for searching need to be closely connected to your research question. If you have a research question that states the goal of your project, try using terminology directly from the connection, or synonyms of those words.

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Keywords and Subject Headings - 2 ways of searching

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Cool search tips

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Using Built In Database Citation Tools

These slides will show you how to find formatted citations in various types of databases:

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