Tutorials

This research guide features a collection of tutorials to help you do research.

How is information created?

Inform Your Thinking: Episode 5 - How Is Your Information...Video Objective:

  • Discuss the process of information creation from thought to publishing, context, different information needs and uses, and how these affect reliability

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Information Creation as a Process

  • Recognize that information may be perceived differently based on the format in which it is packaged
  • Understand that different methods of information dissemination with different purposes are available for their use

Source: Oklahoma State University Libraries (2016, July 14)
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What is peer review?

Peer Review in 3 Minutes Video Objective:

  • Describe the peer review process

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Authority is Constructed and Contextual

  • Define different types of authority, such as personal experience, academic expertise or professional knowledge and choose information that is appropriate for each context, whether academic discipline and assignment, professional or personal need

Information Creation as a Process

  • Understand the process through which any given piece of information was created
  • Connect format to purpose and identify source types appropriate to a need

Source: libncsu (2014, May 1)
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How do I know if my source is academic?

How to Identify Academic Sources Video Objectives:

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Searching as Strategic Exploration

  • Recognize the range of information types appropriate to an information need and successfully navigate those resources with effective search terms and search strategies

Source: Dan Reade (2014, June 5)
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What is a primary source?

What is a Primary Source Video Objective:

  • Define what is a primary and a secondary source

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Authority is Constructed and Contextual

  • Understand the process through which any given piece of information was created

Information Creation as a Process

  • Connect format to purpose and identify source types appropriate to a need

Source: UCSD Social Science & Humanities Library (2008, May 1)
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What is the difference between scholarly and popular articles?

Popular vs Scholarly Video Objective:

  • Describe the differences between popular and scholarly sources

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Authority is Constructed and Contextual

  • Define different types of authority, such as personal experience, academic expertise or professional knowledge and choose information that is appropriate for each context, whether academic discipline and assignment, professional or personal need

Information Creation as a Process

  • Connect format to purpose and identify source types appropriate to a need
  • Recognize that information may be perceived differently based on the format in which it is packaged
  • Understand that different methods of information dissemination with different purposes are available for their use

Source: Carnegie Vincent Library (2013, March 22)
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How do I read a scholarly article?

How to Read a Scholarly Article Video Objective:

  • Describe the different sections of a research paper, what types of information they have, and how you can use them

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Research as Inquiry

  • Draw conclusions based on analysis of information
  • Understand that research is an ongoing and open-ended process

Scholarship as Conversation

  • Identify existing knowledge in a field and the contribution particular articles, books and other scholarly work make to disciplinary knowledge
  • Identify the ongoing conversation on a subject and step into that conversation at an appropriate level
  • Identify debate and disagreement
  • Seek out multiple perspectives
  • Think critically about existing knowledge in a field

Source: Western University Library (2012, April 26)
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How to think critically and make an academic argument

Study Skills - How to Think Critically Video Objectives:

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Authority is Constructed and Contextual

  • Think critically about and be open to considering conflicting perspectives

Source: BBC Learning English (2017, November 22)
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What is bias and how do I overcome it?

What is Confirmation Bias? Video Objectives:

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Authority is Constructed and Contextual

  • Question their own biases or blind spots on a subject

Source: Josephine Bergmann (2016, July 27)
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How do I evaluate a website?

Evaluating Websites Video Objective:

  • Evaluate online sources using domain endings and looking for Authority, Bias, Currency, and Documentation

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Authority is Constructed and Contextual

  • Assess all sources of information for credibility and bias
  • Find alternative opinions, analysis and information

Information Creation as a Process

  • Understand the process through which any given piece of information was created
  • Recognize the implications of information formats that contain static or dynamic information

Source: occclibrary (2012, January 9)
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How do I evaluate a website using the CRAP test?

Evaluating Websites Video Objective:

  • Evaluate online sources using Credibility, Authority, Reliability, and Purpose

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Authority is Constructed and Contextual

  • Assess all sources of information for credibility and bias
  • Find alternative opinions, analysis and information

Information Creation as a Process

  • Understand the process through which any given piece of information was created
  • Recognize the implications of information formats that contain static or dynamic information

Source: Colorado Community College Online (2016, October 5)
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Information creation as a process

How Library Stuff Works: Information Creation as a Process Video Objectives:

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Information Creation as a Process

  • Articulate the traditional and emerging processes of information creation and dissemination in a particular discipline 

Information has Value

  • Understand that the information pipeline is political and some voices are marginalized

Source: McMaster Libraries (2018, June 26).
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Format matters

Research 101: Format matters Video Objectives:

  • Understand the process through which any given piece of information was created.
  • Connect format to purpose and identify source types appropriate to a need.
  • Recognize that information may be perceived differently based on the format in which it is packaged.
  • Understand that different methods of information dissemination with different purposes are available for their use.

Reveal related Information Literacy Frame Objectives

Information Creation as a Process

  • Understand the process through which any given piece of information was created.
  • Connect format to purpose and identify source types appropriate to a need.
  • Recognize that information may be perceived differently based on the format in which it is packaged.
  • Understand that different methods of information dissemination with different purposes are available for their use.

Source: Anna Eisen (2014, June 5) 
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Scholarship as conversation

How Library Stuff Works: Scholarship as Conversation Video Objectives:

  • Discuss how students are active participants in academic discourse
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Scholarship as Conversation

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Source: McMaster Libraries (2018, June 26)
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Scholarship is a conversation

Research 101: Scholarship is a Conversation Video Objectives:

  • Identify existing knowledge in a field and the contribution particular articles, books and other scholarly work make to disciplinary knowledge
  • Identify the ongoing conversation on a subject and step into that conversation at an appropriate level
  • Identify debate and disagreement
  • Seek out multiple perspectives
  • Think critically about existing knowledge in a field
  • See themselves as creators, rather than simply consumers, of information

Reveal related Information Literacy Frame Objectives

Scholarship as Conversation

  • Identify existing knowledge in a field and the contribution particular articles, books and other scholarly work make to disciplinary knowledge
  • Identify the ongoing conversation on a subject and step into that conversation at an appropriate level
  • Identify debate and disagreement
  • Seek out multiple perspectives
  • Think critically about existing knowledge in a field
  • See themselves as creators, rather than simply consumers, of information

Source: Anna Eisen (2014, May 12)
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Authority is constructed and contextual

How Library Stuff Works: Authority is Constructed and Contextual Video Objectives:

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Authority is Constructed and Contextual

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Source: McMaster Libraries (2018, June 26)
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Credibility is contextual

Research 101: Credibility is contextual Video Objectives:

  • Define different types of authority, such as personal experience, academic expertise or professional knowledge and choose information that is appropriate for each context, whether academic discipline and assignment, professional or personal need.
  • Assess all sources of information for credibility and bias.
  • Find alternative opinions, analysis and information.

Reveal related Information Literacy Frame Objectives

Authority is Constructed and Contextual

  • Define different types of authority, such as personal experience, academic expertise or professional knowledge and choose information that is appropriate for each context, whether academic discipline and assignment, professional or personal need
  • Assess all sources of information for credibility and bias
  • Find alternative opinions, analysis and information

Source: Anna Eisen (2014, June 13)
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How to use this page: Evaluate Sources

The videos on this page provide step-by-step instructions and explanations for how to evaluate different types of sources, including websites and other online source, and sources you find in the physical and online library.

Scroll down the page or use the navigation menu to see the different videos.