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Instructions on Using Online Tutorials

We are happy to announce that the online tutorials for library information literacy and research have been redesigned for the Fall of 2021. These tutorials allow students to access them on a variety of devices (desktop computer, tablet, phone) and integrate a variety of presentation methods (images, video, text). They also include an interactive assessment feature, so that students respond to quiz questions throughout the tutorials and get immediate feedback on their responses. Finally, these tutorials allow students to receive a certificate of completion, along with a percentage-based score. They were designed with the idea that students can retake them, either for a better grade after learning from the responsive quiz feedback, or simply to go back to features they'd like to remember in the future. 


If you have questions about how to use these online tutorials, just ask! Email Professor Anne Adkison here.

Online Tutorials for Library Research

Each tutorial contains a short quiz. You will have the option to email your results to yourself, and forward those results to your professor.

Getting Started with Your Research:

  • Using Onesearch (one place to search for nearly all library content)
  • Academic Search Complete (a multidisciplinary database of scholarly and popular literature)
  • Gale Ebooks (formerly Virtual Reference Library) (a large collection of encyclopedias and reference works) 

Introduction to Citation Styles (choose the appropriate one for your class):

Library Concepts

General Tutorials

The Library has created several other very short guides on a variety of topics. These are tiny, non-interactive tutorials that explain how to find items at the Library. There are no quizzes attached to these. Check back for new ones.

What is a database?

What is a reference source?

How do I find a CSI database?

How do I find a textbook?

Understanding Wikipedia

Popular vs Scholarly Periodicals

Introduction to Citation Styles and Avoiding Plagiarism (APA)

Evaluating Websites for Academic Research

Primary versus Secondary Sources

What is Peer Review?