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Library Tutorials and Activities

KPU Library videos, screencasts, online activities and more which faculty members can embed into their Moodle course sites.

Videos

VIDEO: Using Academic Search Complete Database (8:36)

Introduction to Finding Articles Using the Academic Search Complete Research Database at KPU Library. Shows how to: do basic searches using the AND and OR search operators; filter search results to peer-reviewed articles and by date; generate formatted citations; and find the full text of articles.

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  • Video (Kaltura)
  • Video transcript (text file)
  • VIDEO: Using Summon Search (5:09)

    Introduction to using the Summon search interface by KPU Business Librarian Andre Iwanchuk.

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  • Video (Kaltura)
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  • VIDEO: How to Find a Particular Journal in the Library (5:42)

    This short screencast will show you how to find the full-text of any scholarly journal, newspaper or popular magazine available in the Library.

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  • VIDEO: Choosing an Appropriate Research Database (8:39)

    Shows students how to locate the library's research databases, and describes different types of databases, as well as how to locate databases which focus on a particular subject area.
    Part 3 of the Finding Original Research Articles in Criminology video series.

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  • VIDEO: Searching in Databases: Basic Tips (30:49)

    Learn how to transform a research question into database search strategy​ that will help you locate relevant articles.
    Part 4 of the Finding Original Research Articles in Criminology video series.

    The learning objectives for this video are that students will use the Criminal Justice Abstracts database to learn how to:

    • transform a research question into database search strategy
    • break down a research question into its main concepts (WHO, WHAT, WHERE), and then into search keywords
    • put keywords together in a way that a database can understand using the AND Boolean operator
    • understand the basics of how databases work to take advantage of their strengths and avoid their weaknesses
    • appreciate that that searching in databases is a process of trial and error; there is no simple formula for the perfect search.

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  • VIDEO: Improving Your Database Search Strategy (26:58)

    Take your basic search a step further. Learn how to expand and narrow your database search results to focus in on relevant articles. Also covers how to create and save a folder of useful articles. Builds on the Basic Tips video.
    Part 5 of the Finding Original Research Articles in Criminology video series.

    The learning objectives for this video are that students will use the Criminal Justice Abstracts database to learn how to:

    • expand their search results using the OR Boolean operator and truncaction/wildcard searching
    • narrow their search results using the AND Boolean command, field searching, date range, and reseach methodology limiters
    • save their search results

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  • Activity: Summon Hotspot

    Click on the question marks to learn more about using Summon to find journal articles:

    Activity: Google Scholar Hotspot

    Click on the question marks to learn more about using Google Scholar to find journal articles: