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Library Research Tutorials (Videos)

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Research Process
This general overview of the research process helps with everything from figuring out a topic to finding and citing sources.


Acknowledging Sources (Plagiarism)
Learn how to accurately acknowledge sources and avoid plagiarism.

Course Reserves
The basics of finding and using your instructor's course reserves.

Google Books
Introduction to searching Google Books for UTA resources, materials you can borrow through ILL, and online books.


What Is Peer Review?
One link for three short videos: First, learn what the peer-review process actually is and what the difference is between scholarly, popular, and trade publications. Next, learn how to find peer-reviewed journal articles in the Library's databases. And finally, if you're not sure whether the great article you found is peer-reviewed, you can watch the last video to figure it out. Watch one, two, or all three.


Selecting Sources
Magazines? Newspapers? Wikipedia? Journal articles? Which ones are best for academic writing? Find out here!


Exporting to RefWorks
One link for several very short instructional videos that show you how to export citation information to RefWorks from EBSCOhost databases, JSTOR, CSA databases, Project Muse, Google Scholar and Books, UTA Library Catalog, LexisNexis Academic, and WorldCat First Search. 

Database Tutorials 

Academic Search Complete
Overview of the time-saving features and full-text functionality of Academic Search Complete.

CINAHL Complete 
How to perform a basic search in CINAHL Complete.

EBSCO - Citing Sources Easily
How to cite sources you find in EBSCOhost databases automatically.

EBSCO - Effective Searching
If you're getting 0 results, or 10,000 irrelevant results, try this tutorial for searching more effectively.

Introduction to MLA International Bibliography
Tips on searching and using the thesaurus and other specialized tools in the MLA International Bibliography, our premier database for students of literature and languages.

Learn how to search Test and Measures or find peer-reviewed empirical journal articles.


WorldCat FirstSearch
Search all the world's catalogs using the tips and tricks shown in this PDF.

Citing Sources Guides

ACS (American Chemical Society)
The basics of source citation using ACS style (PDF).

APA (American Psychological Association)
The basics of source citation using APA (6th ed.) style (PDF).


Paper Formatting: APA Style
Find out how to set up your title page, headings, reference list, and more (video). 


ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers)
The basics of source citation using ASCE style (PDF).

ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
The basics of source citation using ASME style (PDF).

Chicago Manual of Style
The basics of source citation using Chicago (16th ed.) Notes-Bibliography style (PDF). 


CSE (Council of Science Editors)
The basics of source citation using CSE Name-Year style (PDF).


IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers)

The basics of source citation using IEEE style (PDF).

MLA (Modern Language Association)
The basics of source citation using MLA (7th ed.) style (PDF).


Paper Formatting: MLA Style
Find out how to set up your first page, margins, Works Cited list, and more (video).

Library Resources Guides (PDFs)

Finding and Evaluating Sources
Need sources for your paper or project? Learn how to locate them and assess them for their accuracy and currency.

Periodicals: Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed), Popular, or Trade?
Use this handy table to understand the difference between scholarly (including peer-reviewed) journals, popular magazines, and trade magazines.

Use this quick-start brochure to learn about RefWorks, a citation management tool that can help you organize and cite your references. 

Using Special Collections
The basics of using manuscripts, archives, images, and other rare materials in UT Arlington Library's Special Collections.