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Sometimes, you come across a source through a references page or from a professor. But how do you know if the library has access to that item? This short video shows you how to look for a source by title using the Library website, Google Scholar, the open web, and Interlibrary Loan.
This video will walk you through the steps of cited reference searching, including finding an article that was cited in another article, and finding articles that have cited the article you’ve found since its publication.
CQ Researcher is a tool that focuses on current events, political topics, and controversial issues. It's great for preparing a persuasive speech, researching a pro/con assignment, or finding a current topic to research. This tutorial from CQ Press shows you how to get started.
Primary sources refer to a piece of information that reflects someone’s first-hand experience. Secondary sources typically provide analyses or interpretation of someone else’s experience. This short video gives a brief overview of the characteristics of primary and secondary sources, and tips for determining what type of source you’ve found.
Ebsco is a company that provides databases such as Academic Search Premier Plus, Business Source Premier, Communication and Mass Media Complete, Education Full Text, and more. This tutorial from Ebsco will show you the basics of using these databases.
You will often be asked to use scholarly articles for research assignments in your courses. This short video shows you how to use Start My Research on the Library’s website to locate articles related to your topic that were published in scholarly journals.
This video will show you how to find and use eBooks through Auraria Library's Start My Research tool.
This short video outlines what a keyword is; why identifying and using keywords is helpful when doing research; and how to identify keywords related to your own topic or research question.
What is a literature review? What purpose does it serve in research? What should you expect when writing one? Find out here. From NCSU Libraries.
This video explains the two different logins to access Auraria Library resources from off-campus and troubleshoots some common login problems.
This brief video provides a definition of a scholarly articles, plus breaks down the most common components of these articles (abstract, literature review, methods, discussion, and references) to help you identify and use scholarly articles in your own research.
This brief video provides an overview of phrase searching—a search technique that allows you to search for keywords together, in a particular order, which is useful for finding more relevant results in your searches.
This brief video gives an overview of using outside sources to support your own research and connect your ideas to the current scholarship happening around your research topic
This tutorial explains how to use Wikipedia as an exploratory tool and where it can appropriately fit in the research process. From the Cooperative Library Instruction Project.
What is a wiki? How does the information get into Wikipedia? Find out what goes on behind the scenes. From NCSU Libraries.

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