Tutorials

Tutorials


Discovering and evaluating sources

Finding Articles (2.1 MB PDF file. Opens in a new window.)
Follow these illustrated steps to discover journal articles on your topic through our research databases.
Starting a Search (0.7 MB PDF file. Opens in a new window.)
Find and use appropriate course guides to begin your research most effectively. See examples and suggestions here.
Choosing a Database (0.6M PDF file. Opens in a new window.)
Learn from this helpfully illustrated overview how to select the best research database for a specific topic.
Searching the ERIC database (0.9 MB PDF file. Opens in a new window.)
See how best to search for sources on education topics, including such things as speech therapy, in this visual guide to our most focused education research database.
Is a Journal Scholarly? (0.6 MB PDF file. Opens in a new window.)
Use the examples and explanations in this guide to make sure your source is a scholarly peer-reviewed journal.
Database "Bells and Whistles" (0.9 MB PDF file. Opens in a new window.)
Search more effectively in our databases with these handy techniques. Take a look at this guide for examples as well as explanations.
Finding similar articles based on citations (1.2 MB PDF file. Opens in a new window.)
When you have one good article you like, you can use the Web of Science database's special features to discover more like it, based on what articles cite it, what articles it cites, or what articles cite the same sources as it. See how with this.

Getting the full text of sources

Using SFX to get full text of articles (3M PPT file. Opens in a new window with Power Point, if available.)
Powerpoint presentation demonstrating how to go from a citation in one database to the full text of that article in a different database.
Finding a Journal by Title (1.3M PDF file. Opens in a new window.)
See how to access the library's online subscription to a specific journal when you already have a citation for a particular article.
Locate a journal or magazine in our library (0.7 MB PDF file. Opens in a new window.)
Find a print journal or magazine issue in our library, whether in a bound volume, on microfilm, or as a current issue. See how with this.
Get articles through Interlibrary Loan (0.7 MB PDF file. Opens in a new window.)
See examples and explanations of how to acquire the full-text of articles from journals we don't subscribe to here.
Locate your book in our library (1 MB PDF file. Opens in a new window.)
See how to find your book on our shelves. This shows not only the use of location and call number information on the catalog record but also the convenient link on that catalog record to the library map and its use.
Get books through Interlibrary Loan (1.1 MB PDF file. Opens in a new window.)
Follow the steps shown here to request and borrow books you need from other libraries when we don't have them here.

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