Library Research Tutorials

By Polly Scott

Beginning and navigating a new research project can be a daunting process, but the library has a number of tutorials available to students to help. These tutorials provide everything from a basic introduction to the library website and catalog to a more detailed overviews, like finding the full text of an article and using information sources effectively. Developing search strategies and deciding on the best key terms is always a challenge. The Search Strategies video offers an overview of this process.

Understanding the layout of the library’s website is a good starting point for any student. The majority of the information students need is located along the center of the page. The library catalog—the search box at the center of the screen—is a good starting place for most projects. The “Databases” tab can be used to choose a specific database, which will lead directly to newspapers, magazines, and journal articles. The “Subject Guides” tab has lists of suggested resources compiled by librarians. The “Journal Locator” tab is for the place to discover whether we have a subscription to a specific journal title.

Reference librarians are available for quick help or individual research appointments. Call us at ext. 3270 or email at Chatting from our website is available most days until 1 a.m. We also have Saturday reference hours from 11 a.m.–5 p.m.