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Research Guides

Research Guides

Learn how to search for information using the library catalog, article databases, and search engines by using these online guides and tutorials.

Research Strategy

Guide To Library Research
Steps to get started on selecting a topic and finding great resources for a paper

Alvernia Subject & Course Guides
Alvernia College Library Guides for finding articles, books, and websites

How to Tutorials

Alv video Alvernia Library Video Guides
Videos illustrating how to find information using Alvernia Library resources

Better Searching
A short movie from Ohio State University Libraries illustrating a variety of searching techniques

Conducting a Literature Review in the Education & Behaviorial Sciences
An Adelphi University Library tutorial with four modules: 1) Understanding the literature review, 2) Identifying sources for the literature review, 3) Finding review and research articles, and 4) Putting it all together.

Five Research Strategies
A ten minute tutorial with five search techniques from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries

Guide to Library Research
A guide with suggested books and Web sites for writing a paper

How to Read a Scientific Paper
Tips on the organization of a science paper and how to quickly assess the value of a paper.

Information Cycle
A Penn State tutorial on the way information is created and distributed

An Alvernia College Library tutorial on searching, evaluating and citing information sources

Information Timeline
A timeline for selecting the most appropriate information source based on when an event occurred

An Introduction to the Concepts of Online Searching
A University of Illinois at Chicago Library tutorial on using synonyms, AND, and citations

Popular or Scholarly: How to Recognize Scholarly Journals
A comparison of the characteristics of different types of publications

Primary and Secondary Sources
Characteristics that differentiate primary and secondary sources

Search & Write
Search & Write is an on-line course which aims to help students with thesis writing. We will show you a number of different methods you can use to help you get started with writing your thesis and a number of different information search methods.

Talking to Databases
A Kent State tutorial illustrtating how to find information using a library database.

Tutorial for Information Power
An award winning tutorial with modules on investigating a topic, searching for information, evaluating the quality of information and utilizing the information from the University of Wyoming Libraries.

Finding Books

Dewey Decimal Classification System
The Dewey Decimal System organization of information

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Finding Web Sites

Alvernia Internet Reference Library
A collection of Web site for Alvernia College students

Recommended Search Engines
A comparison of the features of the most popular search engines

Brodart DartClix
The Brodart DartClix consists of 16,000 professionally selected Web sites

Google Scholar
A search engine for finding scholarly articles, abstracts, books, and more

Recommended Internet Search Tools
Search engines and directories for finding information on the web

Searching with Success
A brief tutorial on web searching techniques from Vaughan Memorial Library, Acadia University


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Evaluating Information Sources

Credible Sources Count
A ten minute tutorial on evaluating Web sites from Vaughan Memorial Library, Acadia University

Evaluation Criteria for Web Sources
Evaluation criteria.  The good, the bad & the ugly: Or, why it's a good idea to evaluate Web sources by Susan Beck.

Evaluating Web Content
Criteria for evaluating websites, blogs, wikis, social networking sites, multimedia, etc, by Laura Cohen and Trudi Jacobson.

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask
A comprehensive set of questions to consider in evaluating a Web Site

ICYou: T is for Thinking
A Guide to Critical Thinking About What You See on the Web


Intellectual Property

Basics of Intellectual Property
A UCLA Library tutorial on copyright, trademarks and patents

Need A File Share A File
A UCLA Library tutorial about the ethics and legality of file sharing


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Updated: April 8, 2009

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