How Library Stuff Works

Using the LibraryFinding Articles | Finding Books | Research | Citing

Using the Library

Link to "Exploring the Library Website" Video

Exploring the Library Website (video)

Wonder where to find stuff on the library website? Check out this quick overview the library website. (2:08)

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Link to "Welcome to Mills Memorial Library" Video

Welcome to Mills Memorial Library (video)

Watch this video to learn about the many resources Mills Library has to offer! (4:29)

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Link to "Innis Virtual Tour" Video

Innis Library Virtual Tour (video)

Take a virtual tour and learn all about our business library! (3:18)

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Link to "How to Print" Video

How to Print (video)

This video explains how to set up your print account and how to use the library printers. (2:38)

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Link to "How to Book a Study Room" Video

How to Book a Study Room (video)

This is a tutorial on using the online booking system to reserve a study room in Mills, Innis, or Thode. (2:20)

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Link to "How to Sign Up for RACER" Video

How to Sign Up for RACER (video)

Found a book or journal article that we don’t have at McMaster? Watch this video to learn how you can get them using our interlibrary loan service. (1:49)

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Link to "How to Request an Item from RACER" Video

How to Request an Item from RACER (video)

There are a number of ways to request items on RACER. Watch this video to see how. (3:11)

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Link to "How to Recall an Item" Video

How to Recall an Item (video)

Watch this video to learn how to recall an item on the library catalogue. (1:09)

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Link to "How to Find an Item on Reserve" Video

How to Find an Item on Reserve (video)

Using the library website here is how students can find an item on reserve, and check it out from the library. (2:35)

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Link to "How to Use the Self-Checkout Machine" Video

How to Use the Self Check-Out Machine (video)

Need to check a book out of the library? This video explains how to use the self-checkout machine. (1:05)

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Link to "How to Use Compact Shelving" Video

How to Use Compact Shelving (video)

Watch this video to learn how access books stored in compact shelving. (1:03)

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Finding Articles
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Google vs Google Scholar vs Library Databases (infographic)

What are the pros and cons of these three very different types of databases? 

 

Link to "Finding and Choosing a Database" Video

How to Find & Choose a Database (video)

There are so many databases to choose from! This video outlines how to decide which you should use.(2:20)

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Link to "How to Find a Journal Article" Video

How to Find a Journal Article (video)

You need journal articles for your essay? Watch this video to learn how to access them online. (5:07)

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Link to "How to Find an Article from a Citation" Video

How to Find An Article from a Citation (video)

Here is how to find a journal article using the E-Journals Portal on the library website.(1:42)

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Link to "How to Search Google Scholar" Video

How to Search Google Scholar (video)

Google Scholar is a great way to find scholarly sources – watch this video to learn how. (1:42)

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Link to "How to Search JSTOR" Video

How to Search JSTOR (video)

Looking for articles? This video demonstrates how to use the JSTOR database to find scholarly articles. (2:32)

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Link to "How to Search L'Annee Philiologique" Video

How to Search L'Annee Philologique (video)

Watch this video to learn how the L’Annee Philologique database can be used to find scholarly articles. (2:06)

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Link to "How to Search MLA" Video

How to Search MLA (video)

This video demonstrates how to find scholarly articles in the MLA database. (1:52)

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Link to "How to Search PAIS" VIdeo

How to Search PAIS (video)

Learn how to find scholarly articles in the PAIS database. (2:57)

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Link to "How to Search Project Muse" Video

How to Search Project Muse (video)

Watch this video to learn how to use the Project Muse database to find articles. (0:59)

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Where are Articles Located? (infographic)

This infographic will explain where articles are located.

Finding Books

Link to "How to Search for Books on a Topic" Video

How to Search for Books on a Topic (video)

This video explains how to enter keywords into the catalogue to find books on a particular topic. (1:13)

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Link to "How to Search for a Book by Title" Video

How to Search for a Book by Title (video)

This video shows you how to search by book title using the library catalogue. (0:47)

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Link to "How to Find a Book in the Stacks" Video

How to Find a Book in the Stacks (video)

This video describes how to use a call number to locate a book on a shelf in the library. (1:05)

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Link to "How to Read a Call Number" Video

How to Read a Call Number (video)

A call number is like an address for a book and this video describes how you read it so that you can find out where the book lives on the shelf. (2:48)

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How to Read a Call Number (infographic)

Call numbers are like a book's address.  Learn how to read them with this handy infographic.

 

Research
   

Search vs Research (video)

What is the difference between search and research? Watch the video to find out! (2:36)

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Link to "What is Peer Review?" Video

What is Peer Review? (video)

Confused by what ‘peer reviewed’ means? This video will tell you and explain how it works. (2:11)

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Link to "How to Choose an Essay Topic" Video

How to Choose an Essay Topic (video)

This video describes how to come up with a research topic, or research question, for an essay. (2:32)

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Link to "How to Choose Keywords" Video

How to Choose Keywords (video)

This video explains how to choose keywords for database searching when doing research. (2:43)

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Choosing Keywords

How to Choose Keywords (infographic)

Unsure what words to use in your search?  This infographic breaks down the steps to developing the most effective keywords.

Link to "How to Evaluate Resources (the CRAAP test)" Video

How to Evaluate Resources (The CRAAP Test) (video)

Not sure if a source is valid? This video explains how you can tell -- by using the CRAAP test. (2:10)

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Boolean Operators (AND OR NOT)

Boolean Searching Part I: Boolean Operators AND OR NOT (video)

Learn how to use the Boolean Operators AND/OR/NOT to target and refine your search.

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Boolean Modifiers

Boolean Searching Part II: Boolean Modifiers " ", *, ( ) (video)

Learn how to format your search using the Boolean Modifiers quotes " ", asterisk *, and parenthesis ( )

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Boolean Cheat Sheet (infographic)

How do you perform online research with more accuracy? This gives you a few tips for using Boolean Operators and Modifiers.

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Reading Scholarly Articles (infographic)

Need to do a lot of reading? Adopting these reading strategies will make your research more efficent and more effective.

Link to "Scholarly vs Popular Sources" Video

Scholarly vs Popular Sources (video)

Watch the video to learn about the differences between scholarly and popular sources! (2:06)

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Scholarly versus Popular Articles  (infographic)

Are you required to use scholarly articles for your assignment? Here are some key differences that will help you differentiate scholarly articles from popular ones. 

Link to "Reading Scholarly Articles" Video

Reading Scholarly Articles (video)

Following these tricks will make it easier to read scholarly articles! (2:10)

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Presenting Research

Presenting Research (infographic)

Reading to present your findings?  Here are some things to consider before stepping into the spotlight.

Citing

Link to "How to Write APA Citations" Video

How to Write APA Citations (video)

Confused about how to cite? This video explains the fundamentals of APA citations. (2:49)

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Link to "How to Write MLA Citations" Video

How to Write MLA Citations (video)

In this video you’ll learn how to write basic in-text citations and a Works Cited list in MLA. (3:38)

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