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Teach yourself about conducting research using KU Libraries’ databases and resources with these video tutorials. If you need additional assistance, contact us via chat, email, or text.

This video provides an overview of KU Libraries online resources and services and what they can offer you as a student at the University of Kansas.

In this video you will learn how and when to use the KU Libraries Ask a Librarian service.

Learn about the services, resources, and spaces available at Anschutz Library.

Search Tips

This video explores the effectiveness of combining search terms to narrow or broaden your search results.

This video examines the pitfalls of phrase-searching and an easy solution.

This video reviews another way to broaden your search results: truncation.

This video defines scholarly articles and explains how you might be asked to use them in future research projects.

This video considers another way to narrow your search by limiting your search results by publication date.

This video explains another way to narrow your search results by filtering out languages you cannot understand and leaving those you can read.  

This video explains the benefits and drawbacks of using Google to find information.

This video explains what you can find by using the KU Libraries Quick Search. Learn tips for using Quick Search effectively.

Watch this video to learn why keywords are important and how to come up with good keywords for searching. Check your knowledge.

Read It, Save It, Cite It

This video shows how to locate full-text articles, which can speed up your research timeline.   

This video details the simple process of locating and receiving research materials from other libraries.

This video demonstrates different ways to save your research, so you can save time later and not repeat your previous searches.  

This video outlines the many ways KU Libraries can help you cite your sources for your research projects.  

Watch this video to learn how to find an article that you already know you want.

This work, “How to Read a Scientific Article,” is a derivative of “Breaking it Down: Scientific Articles” by Karna Younger and Rebecca Orozco used under CC BY. “How to Read a Scientific Article” is licensed under CC BY. Scientific articles can be intimidating to read. In this video, you'll learn some tips for reading these articles efficiently.

Big Picture

This video explains the research process and provides effective strategies for producing a robust research topic.

This video explains the process by which research makes its way from researchers' minds to the library's shelves and databases. 

This video underscores the importance of breaking your research topic down into subtopics to make finding relevant sources easier and more effective.

This video describes the peer review process for publishing research.

This video provides an overview for determining if a source is credible and why it is important to use credible sources.

This video weighs both the pros and cons of using Wikipedia as part of the research process.

This video explains what citations are and why we use them.

This video describes different types of information sources and how they might fit into your research.

This video gives you tips to "hack" scholarly articles so you know what to cite for your paper.

This video explains why scholars use citations and why students should too.

In this video you will learn the basics about copyright, fair use, creative commons, and the public domain.

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