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Library Tutorial Suite

Online Library Tutorials: This suite of Library Tutorials is divided into eight modules that each take between 10 to 40 minutes to complete. Tutorials include: Academic Honesty, Publication Types, Finding Books and Articles, Evaluating Sources, Citing Sources, Keeping Current, and Privacy & Social Media. To get a certificate of completion for each tutorial you will have to enroll in the "Library Tutorials" organization in Blackboard.
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How To Locate Resources 

Finding Articles Using Academic Search Complete
A screencast tutorial on how to find articles in the database Academic Search Complete, a good database to start out your search. (3:00)  Finding Articles | Find an Article From a Citation

How to Find Articles for Research

This module demonstrates how to use library databases and formulate a search strategy to find sources appropriate for college research papers. (15:00; Part of the Tutorial Suite)

Finding Books
A visual guide to searching for, locating, and checking out books.  Printer-friendly version.

Searching for Books in the Catalog
How to find books using the library catalog. (3:36) Video transcript

How to Find Books for Research
This tutorial demonstrates how to use the Library Catalog to find books. (30:00; Part of the Tutorial Suite)

GetIt@BU getit@bu  
This tutorial will show you how to use the GetIt@BU button to obtain articles. (2:53)

Finding Primary Sources
Find various types of primary sources using resources available at the Binghamton University Libraries. (5:08)


Research Strategies

Why Use Library Resources?
This brief tutorial demonstrates the importance of using library resources for your research. (3:14)

Defining and Comparing Different Publication Types
This tutorial will illustrate the publication and research cycle, different types of scholarly sources, and how to identify and find primary and secondary sources, scholarly sources, and compare qualitative and quantitative sources. (15:00; Part of the Tutorial Suite)

Evaluating Research Resources
This module shows how to critically look at web pages, books and articles to evaluate their credibility. (15:00; Part of the Tutorial Suite)

Monitoring Information and Keeping Current
This module explores different ways to monitor news and published information using Google Reader, RSS Feeds, and Table of Contents alerts. (15:00; Part of the Tutorial Suite)

Online Privacy and Social Media
This tutorial discusses the importance of privacy settings on social media accounts and provides tips for managing your online presence with an emphasis on how you may be perceived by potential employers. (20:00; Part of the Tutorial Suite)


Citation Help

Avoiding Issues of Academic Dishonesty
This tutorial will describe plagiarism and academic integrity, and illustrate the circumstances when a citation is needed. (45:00; Part of the Tutorial Suite)

Citing Your Sources
This tutorial describes the importance of managing your sources, tools that can be used to manage your sources, and the parts of a citation. (15:00; Part of the Tutorial Suite)

RefWorks Guide
Learn how to use the new ProQuest RefWorks, a citation management tool that keeps track of your sources, generates citations and bibliographies, and facilitates collaborative research. For video tutorials, see the New RefWorks YouTube channel.


Subject-Specific


Current Events


Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Find information on all sides of selected social issues and current hot topics using Opposing Viewpoints in Context. (2:32)


Economics


How to Search the Bureau of Economic Analysis
This is a short tutorial on how to use the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) website. (3:15)

How to Use EconLit
Using the EconLit database to find economic information. (2:50)

National Bureau of Economic Research Working Papers
How to find NBER Working Papers using infoLINK and the NBER Working Papers databases. (1:57)

How to Use ThomsonOne.com
This is a short tutorial on how to use the ThomsonOne.com database. (3:27)


Finance & Management


How to Find Company Information in Business Source Complete
Find company information using the Business Source Complete database. (3:37)

How to Find Industry Information in Business Source Complete
This is a short tutorial on how to find company information in the Business Source Complete database. (2:33)

How to Use Business Insights
This is a short tutorial on finding industry and company information in the Business Insights: Essentials database. (4:48)

How to Use International Financial Statistics Online
This is a short tutorial on how to use the International Financial Statistics Online database. (3:08)

How to Use Gfk MRI University Reporter
This is a short tutorial describing how to use the marketing database MRI Plus (also called MRI+). (4:56)| Tutorial Script


Sciences


GeoRef
A brief tutorial on how to search GeoRef, a database primarily for the geosciences.(4:09)

Biofilms
This module includes ways to find general information about biofilms, identify and locate texts that cover biofilms and ways to find and access research articles on biofilms using journals and databases. (20:00; Part of the Tutorial Suite)

Neuroscience
In this module you will learn about: databases used to find articles about neuroscience, search strategies using Find It!, professional organizations and mobile apps for research. (20:00; Part of the Tutorial Suite)

Smart Energy
In this module you will learn about finding general information on smart energy, locating journal articles on smart energy, search strategy advice, and chemical structure drawing tools. (10:00; Part of the Tutorial Suite)


Social Sciences


Social Services Abstracts
A tutorial on how to use Social Services Abstracts to locate articles. (3:36)


Statistics


How to Use International Financial Statistics Online
This is a short tutorial on how to use the International Financial Statistics Online database. (3:08)



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Last Updated: 2/24/17