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How to do Library Research: Getting Started

LTU Library Online Learning (videos and help sites)

Video Links (minutes:seconds) Click on these video descriptions to access additional resources.
1. Connecting with the LTU Library (1:45) Where to find the LTU library on campus and online, how to connect to LTU librarians and how to find answers to your questions 24/7.
2. Overview of Online Services (1:42) The LTU Library homepage is starting point for getting the information students need to succeed.
3. What's Online, What's On Site (1:47) What are the benefits to researching online? What advantages do you get with a library visit?
4. Six free Services for Students (1:35) Services you will use to download and cite eBooks and articles, place holds on materials and request items via Interlibrary Loan.
5. How to do Research: Overview (:51) Here are the steps you will follow to conduct research. There are links to hlepful information about each step too.
6. How to do Research: Choosing your Topic (1:58) This creation of a question which is focused enough to begin searching for information and complex enough to justify asking it. *
7. How to do Research: Developing Keywords * (1:28) Turn your research question into searchable keywords. *
8. How to do Research: Keyword Searches Use keywords to search TechCat (and other databases) for precise results.
9. How to do Research: Sorting your Search Results Sometimes the only way to narrow down search results is to add limiters to your search.
10. How to do Research: Evaluating your Sources (3:17) How to understand the authority, relevance and validity of your sources.
11. Citations: Avoiding Plagiarism (2:50) Students are expected to follow established standards of academic integrity and honesty. These tools will help you to do so.
12. Troubleshooting (no video) Quick and easy fixes to many technical issues and answers to many questions about library policies/procedures.

*Links with an asterik will take you to non-LTU Library videos and/or sites. Proceed with caution.