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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Online Library Tutorials & Modules

Page address: http://lib.mnsu.edu/research/tutorials.html

Library Services has three types of tutorials available to support your research:

Research Concept Tutorials

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  videos are provided by CLIP.

Deciphering Your AssignmentCLIP Icon

Students will learn to deconstruct an assignment to its basic parts and identify appropriate sources to complete it successfully.

Length: 5 minutes
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Developing a TopicCLIP Icon

Students will learn to develop an appropriate topic for a research paper by considering goals, approaches, topic scope and helpful resources.

Length: 6 minutes
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Evaluating Websites

The Navigating the Web tutorial, with optional 10 question quiz, investigates whether freely available websites are appropriate for assignments as well as describes website evaluation tips, fee based websites, and another type of online information resource: the Minnesota State Mankato Library Services website.

Length: 6 minutes
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Generating Search TermsCLIP Icon

This tutorial will help students generate effective search terms for internet or database searching.

Length: 5 minutes
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Identifying Scholarly Information
(Differences between journals and magazines/newspapers)


This module examines scholarly information and its importance for college-level assignments.  The module defines peer reviewed information and provides tips to differentiate scholarly journal articles from popular magazines and newspapers.

Length: 4:31
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Incorporating Sources Into Your PaperCLIP Icon

Students will learn how to incorporate sources into their college or university research papers. They will be able to effectively structure sources, include analysis and use sources to support an argument.

Length: 6 minutes
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Internet Searching TipsCLIP Icon

Students will learn some internet search tips and strategies.

Length: 3 minutes
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Primary and Secondary SourcesCLIP Icon

Students will be able to distinguish between primary and secondary sources and will be able to use them appropriately in their research.

Length: 6 minutes
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Search Tips Using Boolean Operators

Learn how to change your search words to bring back relevant results in library databases.  This video explains how to:

- Narrow your results with the Boolean operator AND.
- Expand your results with the Boolean operator OR.
- Remove search results with the Boolean operator NOT.

Length: 3 minute

What is a Library Database  CLIP Icon

Students will learn what sort of information they might find in library databases and will understand when to use them appropriately for research.

Length: 6 minutes
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Why You Need to Cite Sources CLIP Icon

 

Students will learn some of the reasons it is important to cite sources when writing a research paper.

Length: 3 minutes
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