The Research Process This tutorial explains the steps in the research process and the resources used in gathering data for research assignments. Using Gale Virtual Reference Library This tutorial introduces students to the Gale Virtual Reference Library database, covering doing a basic search, refining that search, and options and limiters available to complete the first step in the research process.
Search Strategies This tutorial teaches the search strategies of truncation or wild card searching, Boolean searching, and phrase searching. Using Academic Search Premier This tutorial will focus on how to do a basic search within the Academic Search Premier database, how to narrow the results by suggested subject headings, how to retrieve the articles found in the search, a variety of ways to expand and narrow search results. Skills learned from this tutorial will be able to be applied to a number of other databases, including all EBSCOhost products.
Basics of Database Searching This tutorial introduces students to electronic databases and the concepts of basic and advanced searching, limiting search results, stop words, and provide them with the basics that they need to search a variety of electronic resources successfully. Using JSTOR This tutorial will cover how to search for articles within JSTOR, how to limit the results to make them more relevant, how to access the articles retrieved and obtain copies, and discuss the archival nature of this database and the materials included.
The Importance of Evaluating Internet Resources This tutorial will cover why it is so crucial to evaluate information retrieved from the Internet, including who places information on the Internet and how that information becomes public and why you must consider certain factors when you’re using that information for academic research as opposed to surfing the web for entertainment. Using Issues & Controversies on File This tutorial will examine the best way to utilize the information contained within the Issues and Controversies database and the unique features that it offers, including links to information in the other products in the information suite, statistics, and sources for additional information on the topic selected.
5 Keys to Evaluating Internet Resources This tutorial will cover five key points for students to look for and consider before using information found on the Internet in an academic assignment.    
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