Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New Online Library Video Tutorials

The librarians at NCC are committed to providing quality library services to all NCC students, whether they attend classes in person or online, or use a combination of learning methods. One exciting new way we can help students with research -- no matter where they are located – is the Libraries’ collection of online video tutorials.

To view the tutorials, visit the “Guides & Tutorials” section of the Library’s Web site. In addition to traditional PowerPoint presentations that help you begin your research, and teach you to search for books and journals, you’ll find links to our new video tutorials – they really kick research skills up a notch! Just click the link to hear a real NCC librarian describe each step of the research process, while showing actual database searches being performed.

Start with our first video tutorial, Finding an Article in ProQuest,” which teaches you how to do some basic searching in this general periodical database. ProQuest contains articles from magazines, scholarly journals and newspapers, all of which are helpful to most any research paper. Watch an actual search being performed in ProQuest and learn how to navigate the results screen. Some helpful hints about narrowing your search results are included in this fantastic video.

Now you’re ready for some advanced research techniques. Our second video tutorial, Finding and Recognizing an Original Research Article,” is designed for students in science classes. Whether you’re taking a course in biology, nursing or psychology, you will probably be required to find an empirical study or original research article. This wonderful video helps you recognize the parts of an original research article and walks you through the process of searching for one of these articles in ProQuest.

If you’re taking a literature course (such as English II), you won’t want to miss our next video tutorial, Finding Literary Criticism Resources.” This video defines literary criticism and shows you, step-by-step, how to locate critical articles in three different literary criticism databases, including the popular Literature Resource Center.

All three video tutorials are embedded on a Web page (similar to YouTube) and do not require any downloads. Watch them as often as you like, or pause and rewind your favorite parts to get the most out of the video. The librarians are already planning future video tutorials, so feel free to suggest any research topic that you’d like us to explain. We also love to hear feedback -- if you’ve viewed a video tutorial, please take our short survey. Stay tuned for more library research video tutorials, coming soon to a computer near you!

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