Tutorials

This research guide features a collection of video tutorials to help you with the stages of academic research.

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

Source: "How Library Stuff Works: Information Creation as a Process" by McMaster Libraries, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Learn about how different types of information sources are created and available depending on much time has passed.

Video: How Library Stuff Works: Scholarship as Conversation

Source: "How Library Stuff Works: Scholarship as Conversation" by McMaster Libraries, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Learn how students are active participants in academic conversation with their peers, instructors, and all those who came before them.

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

Source: "How Library Stuff Works: Authority is Constructed and Contextual" by McMaster Libraries, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Learn how to think critically about who created information, why it was created, what kinds of evidence it provides to back up claims, any biases the information source may have, biases you may have, and if there are competing perspectives.

Video: Research 101: Credibility is Contextual

Source: "Research 101: Credibility is Contextual" by Anna Eisen, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Learn about how credibility depends on many factors including the author, audience and purpose.

Video: Using the C.R.A.P. Test to Evaluate Websites

Source: "Using the C.R.A.P. Test to Evaluate Websites" by Portland State University Library, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

This video explains the C.R.A.P. test and then uses it to evaluate three websites on the topic of performance enhancing drugs in sports.

Video: Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Source: "Primary vs Secondary Sources" by HistoryVideos100, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Learn what distinguishes primary sources from secondary sources and when to appropriately use both.

Video: Research 101: Format Matters

Source: "Research 101: Format matters" by Anna Eisen, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Learn about the process behind how different formats are created, how to connect format to purpose and identify source types appropriate to a need. Also, learn that information may be perceived differently based on the format in which it is packaged.

Video: Peer Review in 3 Minutes

Source: "Peer Review in 3 Minutes" by libncsu, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Learn how the peer review process works and why it is so rigorous.

Video: How to Read a Scholarly Article

Source: "How to Read a Scholarly Article" by University of Illinois Undergraduate Library, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Learn how to read a scholarly article by following these steps: 1. Read the abstract 2. Read the conclusion 3. Read the first paragraph or the introduction 4. Read the first sentence of every paragraph 5. Read the rest of the article