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Short videos available to make your research easier!

We want your library research to be as productive and painless as possible. That’s why we created an updated collection of video tutorials.

Need to choose a topic?  Find a book? Evaluate your resources? These short videos can be a great way of getting an introduction or giving yourself a refresher.

Here is just one example of how a few minutes viewing one of our videos can save you time and effort:

Look for more to come–and let us know if you have ideas of tutorials you would like to see us create in the comments section below.

 

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Resource Spotlight: Zero in on Your Research Topic with Gale Expanded Academic ASA

Starting research with a very broad topic can feel overwhelming, since there’s so much to learn and so much to cover. Therefore, it’s usually best to zero in on a particular aspect or question that you can cover in more depth.

If you’re still figuring out how to narrow your topic, Gale’s Expanded Academic database can help you see the subdivisions within a topic and decide which one you want to focus on. Watch the video to see how!

Things to keep in mind:

  • In Expanded Academic, you are searching for general topics, not specific articles, so start off by searching for a broad topic (for example, global warming, gun control, autism), and let the database do the rest of the work.
  • If at first it doesn’t recognize the topic you searched for, try a synonym or a broader version of the topic.
  • Use the number of articles next to each topic subdivision to see how much has been written about it.
  • When you get to a list of articles, use the links to different source types (Magazines, Academic Journals, News) to see the rest of the results.

Resource Spotlight: Gale Opposing Viewpoints

If you need to do research about a controversial topic such as abortion, immigration reform, or climate change, then we have the tool for you. Opposing Viewpoints collects pro and con essays on a variety of newsworthy issues and presents them to you in an easy-to-navigate format. Watch the video to see it in action.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Opposing Viewpoints works best for browsing and exploring a topic. It allows you to search for terms, but that’s not its strong suit.
  • Opposing Viewpoints chooses essays that are representative of a certain argument or perspective on an issue, NOT because they necessarily approve of the argument or the quality of the evidence. Use your head about what you read there, just like you would with anything else.
  • Looking for research that’s in-depth and scholarly or on a very specific topic? Try searching in EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier or Proquest’s Research Library.

Resource overview and video by Carl Lehnen, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: CQ Researcher

If you need to do research about a controversial topic and you’re not sure where to start, then CQ Researcher can help. It provides fact-filled and non-partisan overviews of a variety of newsworthy issues and presents them to you in an easy-to-read format. Watch the video to see it in action.

Things to keep in mind:

  • CQ Researcher works best at the beginning of your research process. Start off with a solid background so you can search smarter later on.
  • Looking for research that’s more in-depth, scholarly, or on a very specific topic? Try searching in EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier or Proquest’s Research Library.

Resource overview and video by Carl Lehnen, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Directory of Library Tutorials

Need some help with your research? Did you know ECC Library has a directory of online tutorials available to help you with your library research?

Our tutorials cover such areas as library basics like how to register your student ID barcode with the library to dababase demonstrations like how to use the library’s new arts and sciences database JSTOR to information literacy instruction like how to develop good college-level searching strategies. And all tutorials can be accessed from on or off-campus.

To view the directory of tutorials, look for the Tutorials link in the left-hand menu of the library homepage or click on the image below.

Great New Video Tutorials Resource

If you are looking for some help with that tricky geometry equation, you may just want to check out Khan Academy. This website offers some excellent YouTube tutorials to help with such subjects as math (including alegebra, geometry, trigonometry, and precalculus), chemistry, biology, history, and finance as well as many more.

For example, check out this linear algebra video tutorial which introduces vectors:

Or this physics video discussing Newton’s First Law of Motion:

There are many more available in numerous subjects from the Khan Academy website. And if you would like to learn more about Khan Academy (after all it’s always a good idea to learn more about a resource you are using!), check out this video:

MLA Citation Update

mla1According to The OWL at Purdue, the Modern Language Association is publishing a new edition of MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing in April of 2009 with some pretty significant changes to its guidelines for Works Cited style entries. You can read about some of these changes on The OWL at Purdue website.

At ECC Library, we are in the process of updating our Works Cited and Bibliography Format tool to reflect these new changes. The updated version is schedule to go up this summer. In the meantime, please continue to use the orginal formating examples currently available on the library homepage under the link Works Cited and Bibliography Format.