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New video tutorials for Using the Library Resources for Research

September 12, 2018
Phyllis Kayten
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Stanford Libraries has posted five videos on its YouTube channel. They are targeted for new undergraduate students, and are required watching for the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) students, who come to the library for workshops on information literacy. The videos are helpful to all researchers! These videos are part of the department of Learning and Outreach's effort to "flip the classroom".

The first video introduces students to Searchworks features, like limiting results, requesting off-campus or checked out materials, sending results by email and text, and saving results to a bibliographic management tool. It also offers tips for choosing search terms. Watch the Stanford Squirrel show you how to use Searchworks, the Stanford Libraries' catalog.



The second video demonstrates how to use special features of databases (limiting results, using hyperlinks in the database records, and using the Find it at Stanford links to access full text where available). Watch the Stanford Squirrel show you how to search and find articles in databases.


The remaining videos teach you how to:

Evaluate Sources


Learn how to find more sources by following the citation trail, also known as "Leapfrogging"


and how to identify, locate, and request primary sources from the Stanford Libraries Special Collections and Archives.