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Video tutorials

Video tutorials are a great way to learn more about the research process. On this page you will find some of the best tutorials, made by UMass librarians and others, to help students learn how to effectively do research and use the Libraries' resources. If you are looking for tutorials on a topic not highlighted here, please contact a librarian. We are happy to work with you to find what you need for your class. 

UMass Libraries' Resources

Introduction to the UMass Libraries' Website Search Feature

This video gives an overview of the five scope categories in the search interface on the UMass Amherst Libraries' website. (University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015, 2:54 mins) 

Introduction to UMA WorldCat

This video shows how to search using the UMass libraries' discovery tool, UMA WorldCat. (University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015, 4:29 mins) 

Introduction to the UMass Libraries' Website Navigation Bar

This video shows how to use the navigation bar feature on the UMass Amherst Libraries' website. (University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015, 3:00 mins) 

RefWorks

Learn to Use RefWorks in 20 Minutes

This video is the first in a series of videos that show how to use the citation management tool RefWorks. (ProQuest RefWorks, 2011, 0:46 mins)

 

Search Tips

Selecting and Using Keywords

This video explains how to find good keywords to use when searching for information in a database, such as Google or Academic Search Premier. (Joshua Vossler for Winona State University, 2016, 4:15 mins)

Tips and Tricks: Phrase Searching 

This video gives a quick overview on how to effectively search for a complete phrase. (North Carolina State University, 2015, 1:00 mins)

Using Google Scholar 

This video gives a quick lesson on how to most effectively use Google Scholar. (Eastern Michigan University, 2013, 2:41 mins) 

Using Google Advanced Search 

This video shows how to use Google's Advanced Search function for maximum search effectiveness. (Suffolk County Community College, 2013, 2:45 min) 

 

Scholarly Communication

Good Research Questions

This video explains what makes a good research question. (Joshua Vossler for Winona State University, 2016, 3:13 mins)

Peer Review in Three Minutes  

This video gives an overview of the process of peer review and why it matters in academic research. (North Carolina State University, 2014, 3:15 mins) 

Research is a Conversation

http://youtu.be/D1uFR64Kmbk

This video uses the metaphor of showing up "fashionably late" to a party to show how scholarly research contributes to an ongoing conversation. (University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2015, 2:02 mins) 

Academic Honesty, Copyright, and Citation

Using Other People's Ideas

This video explains the differences between paraphrasing, summary, and quotation, and how to use each approach ethically in your writing. (Joshua Vossler for Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2015, 3:33 mins)

Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction 

 

This video goes over how and why to cite sources in academic projects. (North Carolina State University, 2014, 1:54 mins) 

A Fair(y) Use Tale 

A short film made up entirely of (fairly-used) clips from Disney films, which succinctly but entertainingly explains the definition of copyright, what can be copyrighted, copyright duration, the public domain, and fair use. (Eric Faden, 2007, 10:13 mins)

Plagiarism: How to Avoid It 

A short lesson on how to avoid plagiarism. (Bainbridge State College, 2010, 2:50 mins) 

Copyright, Fair Use, and Plagiarism 

A quick overview of copyright, fair use, and plagiarism for students. (Southwest Texas Junior College, 2014, 2:01 mins)

Creative Commons: Wanna Work Together? 

An overview of what Creative Commons licenses are and how to use them for your own creative work. (Creative Commons, 2009, 3:01 mins)  

 

Evaluating Information

Evaluating Sources for Credibility 

This video shows how to evaluate a sources for their quality and credibility. (North Carolina State University, 2015, 3:14 mins) 

Evaluating Sources 

This video gives an overview of the CRAAP test for evaluating sources. (Western University, 2012, 2:16 mins) 

Understanding Primary and Secondary Sources  

This video explains the definitions of primary and secondary sources. (Imagine Easy Solutions, 2014, 2:54 mins) 

The CRAP Test song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMaLgec2XWY

How to evaluate sources, put to music. (Chad Bauman, 2013, 3:45 mins)