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Online Learning Modules

Tutorials and modules created to help students learn how to use library resources.

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Database Tutorial

This tutorial will guide you through several databases offered by Criss Library. These databases were selected specifically for our first-year writing and speech students, but can be helpful to any student needing help learning to search within our databases.

A full list of databases can be found on the Criss Library A to Z Database list.

When you select the module, the tutorial will open in a new webpage and will begin automatically. You can pause the tutorial using the seek bar at the bottom of the player. Audio and video transcripts are available in the notes section of the tutorial.

Searching Using Keywords

Keywords module homepageThis module will guide you through identifying the main ideas within your research topic or question and how to brainstorm keywords to use when searching in the library databases.

Since each database can categorize the main concepts of your research  under a different subject heading, it is important to brainstorm different words authors may use for your topic so that you have alternate search options if you have difficulty finding resources.

When you select the module, the tutorial will open in a new webpage and will begin automatically. You can pause the tutorial using the seek bar at the bottom of the player. Audio and video transcripts are available in the notes section of the tutorial.

Evaluating Resources Tutorial

evaluating resources tutorialThis module will guide you through evaluating resources using the CRAAP test, developed by the librarians at Meriam Library at California State University, Chico.

The CRAAP test looks at the currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose of a resource. Questions to ask within each category are provided so that you can begin to evaluate resources you find in the library to determine their appropriateness for your own research.

When you select the module, the tutorial will open in a new webpage and will begin automatically. You can pause the tutorial using the seek bar at the bottom of the player.  Audio and video transcripts are available in the notes section of the tutorial.