A visual outline of the information cycle – key to understanding when information may be available, and who are likely to be the authors. Who publishes information, and when, can affect the authority and credibility of the information. Resource: U102 Download: Information Timeline HANDOUT
A clear video describing what popular and scholarly articles are, and when each of them is good to use. Students will be able to recognize the different types of information in these sources. Produced by the College of San Mateo, US. Video is 5:20 min. Resource U103.
This an interactive tutorial to help students understand and work through the academic research process. Includes broader and narrower topics, finding and evaluating resources, and citing your sources. Some screens relevant to Vaughan Library only, but good outline of the process. Produced by Vaughan Memorial Library, Canada. Tutorial is about 10 min. Resource U201. LINK TO: AUV Library Tutorial
A quick and easy introduction to the Big6 Research Model – breaking a research assignment down into blocks which are easier to tick off! See also U200 for a practical tutorial to get to know the Big6 – learning how to produce excellent research. Video is 2:07 min. Resource U202.
This is a short cartoon-based PPT easy to introduce the Big6 research model to students. Resource U203. DOWNLOAD: Big6 Research Model
Boolean searching makes your search more powerful – in this video a quick introduction to using the AND Boolean operator is described in databases. Boolean searching works in almost every electronic resources however, including Google. The AND operator makes your search results smaller. Video is 1:14 min. Resource F10.
In this Part II of III videos about Boolean searching, it is demonstrated how to use the OR operator. This makes your search results larger. Video is 0:49 min. Resource F11.
In this part of the series it is demonstrated how to use the NOT Boolean operator to make your search results more specific for what you need. NOT will take out any information subjects you are not interested in, for example “web NOT spider” would take out any results about spiders if you are interested in only the world-wide-web. Video ...
A clear, short video which describes how to improve your search strategies used in searching electronic resources, such as the Web or databases. Discussion of why you would think about search terms, and how synonyms, broader and narrower terms may help your research. Produced by College of San Mateo, US. Video is 3:49 min. Resource F13.
A short video describing why you would spend a few minutes looking at your research question and possible search terms, including a practical example of brainstorming ideas. Produced by Research Tutorials. Video is 1:48 min. Resource F14.