How Library Stuff Works Video Tutorials

This is a series of short, engaging videos on a range of topics - to help you understand, find and use the library and its resources.


How Library Stuff Works Video Tutorials

Research

Research

Authority is Constructed and Contextual (video)

This video explains why we should critically analyzes sources of authority in our research and daily lives. (3:09)

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Information Creation as a Process (video)

This video looks at the information cycle and how it impacts the availability of resources on a topic. (2:58)

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Information has Value (video)

This video evaluates the commodification of information in a community of scholarship. (2:55)

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Research as Inquiry (video)

This video considers scholarly research as an iterative process. (2:30)

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Scholarship as Conversation (video)

This video looks at the many ways university students are active participants in academic discourse. (2:38)

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Searching as Strategic Exploration (video)

This video explores how to strategically approach the research process. (3:17)

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Search vs Research (video)

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

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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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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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How to Choose Keywords (video)

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

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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.

How to Evaluate Resources (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 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 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.

Reading Scholarly Articles (video)

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

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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.

Presenting Research (infographic)

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

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 vs Popular Sources (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. 

Finding Articles

Finding Articles

Google vs Google Scholar vs Library Databases (infographic)

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

How to Find and Choose a Database (video)

There are so many databases to choose from! This video outlines how to decide which you should use.(2:19)

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How to Find a Journal Article (video)

You need journal articles for your essay? Watch this video to learn how to access them online. (5:06)

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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. (1:33)

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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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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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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. (2:00)

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How to Search MLA (video)

This video demonstrates how to find scholarly articles in the MLA database. (1:29)

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How to Search PAIS (video)

Learn how to find scholarly articles in the PAIS database. (2:32)

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How to Search Project Muse (video)

Watch this video to learn how to use the Project Muse database to find articles. (0:40)

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Where are Articles Located? (infographic)

This infographic will explain where articles are located.

Finding Books

Finding Books

Scholarly Books (video)

Scholarly books are a great resource - watch this video to learn how to recognize one. (2:29)

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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. (1:11)

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How to Search for a Book by Title (video)

This video shows you how to search by book title using the library catalogue. (0:49)

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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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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. (2:46)

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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.

Serendipitous Book Discovery (infographic)

Sometimes the best way to find a book is by simply walking through the stacks.  This infographic shows you how the books are organized by topic within the library.

Using the Library

Using the Library

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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Innis Library Virtual Tour (video)

Take a virtual tour and learn all about our business library! (3:19)

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How to Print (video)

This video explains how to set up your print account and how to use the library printers. (2:07)

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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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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. (1:40)

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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. (3:00)

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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. (2:14)

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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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How to Use Compact Shelving (video)

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

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How to Request an Item (video)

Watch this video to learn how to request an item using the library catalogue. (1:15)

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Citing

Citing

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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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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