These video tutorials 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.
Academic Search Complete
Access World News
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.
The Five W's look at the who, what, when, where and why 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.
Reading scholarly articles can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! This module will go over tips to make identifying, reading, and understanding articles more manageable. You'll learn how to identify a scholarly article, what the different parts of a scholarly article are and then go over ways to read each part quickly and efficiently. Finally, it will look at a few ways to keep track of what you learn from scholarly articles so you can use that information in your research assignment.
Have you been wondering what fake news is or how it impacts your life? Are you unsure of how to spot fake news or articles designed to sway your opinions? This module will walk you through different types of fake and misleading news stories and give you tips on how to evaluate these stories for accuracy, integrity, and truthfulness.
The video tutorials below cover how to download Zotero and the Zotero connector to your computer, how to save sources to Zotero, and how to use Zotero to add citations in Microsoft Word.