Tutorials

NOTE:  You will need Flash to view these.  Also, turn on your sound.  The tutorials are all ADA compliant. 
If you need tutorials on other topics, let me know. 

Developing Topics
  • Research Questions
    • discusses how to formulate research questions, how to create complex research inquiries, and how to narrow down to a specific topic for a research paper
  • Topic Development
    • exercises to help in developing specific topics
Using the Libraries
  • Exploring Information
    • what is information?  how does it develop?  what is information literacy and how does it differ from library skills?
  • ILLiad (the library's interlibrary Loan system -- you need your net ID and password for this)
  • LC call numbers:  how to read the call numbers so that you can find a book on the shelves
  • LINK+:  how to borrow from our consortium libraries
  • Periodical Locator:  how to find a journal title in one of our databases (4 mins, 39 secs; created 8/31/2011)
  • Scholarly Peer Review:  what is it and how can I limit my search to retrieve only these types of articles? (6 mins 41 secs; created 8/31/2011)
Preparing Written Work
  • Annotations and Abstracts
    • explains the difference and describes how to write an annotation (with example)
  • Literature Review
    • Part One:  overview, description of the stage of a lit review, the elements needed, and the evaluation process (8 mins. 5 secs; created Dec. 29, 2011)
    • Part Two:  more details about the search process and a discussion of the ways to organize the information (6 mins. 58 secs; created Dec. 29, 2011)

The Structure of a Scientific Article

  • Part 1 (AS) (6.40; created 10/6/12)
    • Discusses the parts of a scientific article and provides detail on the first half of a paper (through Methods) 
  • Part 2 (AS) (5.40; created 10/6/12)
    • Discusses the second half of a scientific article (from Results to the end) and explains where such an article fits into the academic discourse  

  • Part 3 (AS) (5.46 is given, but time depends on student responses; created 10/7/12)
    • A self-paced quiz asking students to identify if excerpted sentences are from the introduction, method, result, or discussion/conclusion section of a scientific article

  • Part 4 (AS) (6.46 is given, but time depends on student responses; created 10/7/12)
    • A second self-paced quiz asking students to identify if excerpted sentences are from the introduction, method, result, or discussion/conclusion section of a scientific article 
Citation
  • Citation Puzzle
    • how to find the bibliographic information you need to formulate a citation
  • Decoding Citation
    • how to read citations you find in an article or a book
  • APA Citation Puzzle
    • how to take the bibliographic information you find on a source and format it in APA style (revised Dec. 29, 2011)
  • MLA Citation Puzzle
    • how to take the bibliographic information you find on a source and format it in MLA style
  • Citations and MS Word
    • how to use MS Word most effectively to create a "References" or "Works Cited" page
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