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  • FW : Fisheries and Wildlife Tutorials

    • FW 107 : What is a scholarly article?

      This tutorial will help you learn to identify a scholarly article. At the end of this tutorial, you will be able to

      • Name some of the major characteristics of a scholarly article
      • Name and identify the parts of a scholarly article



  • ALS : Academic Learning Services Tutorials

    • ALS 199 Citations 101

      When you have completed this tutorial you will be able to:

      • Identify some standard citation styles.
      • Use citation tools in library research databases to stay organized and cite accurately.
      • Identify the bibliographic information you need to cite academic sources accurately.
      • Seek out additional help when you need it.



  • ENG : English Tutorials

    • ENG 200 Creating a bibliography from a Zotero Library

      Here is a quick tutorial showing you how to create a bibliography from a Zotero library.  Use this method if you want to create a bibliography of some or all of the items in a library.

      You would not use this method if you are generating citations as you write - this will create a standalone bibliography of resources.

    • ENG 200 Homework #4: Source Types

      The first step in evaluating a source is knowing something about the type of source you're evaluating.  It makes no sense to evaluate something against standards that it is not trying to meet.  In this tutorial, we will look at two important source types in literary studies to understand the standards they are trying to meet.

    • ENG 200 Zotero: Building a Collaborative, Annotated Bibliography

      In this tutorial you will learn how to add items to a group library in Zotero.

  • CTL : CTL Tutorials

    • CTL 000 Embedding an RSS feed in your Blackboard site

      Sometimes the best way to point students to the information you want them to use is to pull it into your Blackboard site from around the web. 

      With a tool like Google Reader, you can do this with any site that offers an RSS feed for you to use. This tutorial shows you how to do this using the feed generated by a library search tool, but you can use the same technique to embed feeds from blogs, from newspapers, from academic journals, and from an (almost) countless host of other types of resources.

    • CTL 000 Linking to a library resource search from your Blackboard site

      This tutorial shows you how to do a meta-search of library resources (including books, articles, government documents and more) and add a link to the search results to a Blackboard site.  Use this to provide your students with a list of resources to browse on their own.

  • WR : Written English Tutorials

    • WR Finding a Book in the Valley Library

      This tutorial is designed to walk you through the process of searching for a book, and finding it in the Valley Library collections.

      This tutorial is informational only.  It has no quizzes.

    • WR 121 Before You Come to the Library

      To get the most out of your WR121 library visit, this tutorial will help you distinguish between the different source types you will encounter in college-level research.  This tutorial also introduces how to use keywords to find sources for your research.

    • WR 121 Exploring Your Topic

      In college-level research,it is important to gather information before selecting a topic, or narrowing to a thesis.  This tutorial introduces several tools you can use to explore your topic, and shows why exploration is important in an academic research process.

    • WR 222 Getting a Book from the OSU Libraries

      Use this tutorial for a quick how-to on finding, requesting (if necessary) and borrowing books from the OSU Libraries.

    • WR 222 How to Limit to Scholarly Articles in EbscoHost Databases

      By checking a couple of boxes on a search form, you can improve your odds of finding the sources  that will work for an assignment requiring "peer-reviewed" or "scholarly" articles.  This tutorial shows you how.

      This trick won't guarantee that you find scholarly articles, but it will improve your odds by filtering out a lot of sources that are clearly not scholarly.

    • WR 222 How to get your book source

      We spend a lot of time talking about how to find articles and journals in the library, but that doesn't mean we're not a great place to find books!

      Here's how.

    • WR 222 How to use Google Scholar without Paying for the Articles

      Google Scholar is a great place to scan across a lot of sources at once, but if it doesn't know that you have rights to access online articles and other sources from a library, it might send you to a page like this - which asks you to pay for the article you want:

      paywall blocked article found using Google Scholar

      The journal in this example is in the OSU Libraries' collection, and OSU students, staff and faculty have the right to access it (and articles in lots of other journals) from any computer with an Internet connection.  With a few adjustments to your preferences, you can tell Google Scholar to point you to the resources that the library provides for the OSU community.

    • WR 327 Quoting, Paraphrasing & Summarizing

      This tutorial will help you learn the difference between quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing and when you should use these different techniques in your writing.

    • WR 327 Tutorial: Keywords

      In this tutorial you will learn about how keyword searching works, and some things to consider during your search process.

  • 1Search Advanced

    This tutorial will guide you through some of the search features of 1Search.

  • Advanced Zotero

    In this tutorial you will learn more advanced features of this free web-based citation management tool.  We will cover how to store PDFs in Zotero, how to import and export from EndNote, how to add in more citation styles, how to take notes and annotate in Zotero, how to sync Zotero with multiple computers, and how to use Zotero Groups.

  • Introduction to Zotero

    In this tutorial you will learn the basics about this free web-based citation management tool, which can be used for any discipline (sciences, social sciences, humanities) to save citations and pdfs, as well as incorporate citations into a Word document. We will cover how to set up a Zotero library, how to put citations into your library, how to use Word to cite as you go, and how to back up your data.  This tutorial will use screenshots and screencasts produced at OSU and at other universities, to cover these basic topics.  Feel free to go straight through the whole tutorial in one sitting or to jump around using the tabs as your schedule allows.

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