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What to, where to, when to: Library Videos & How-Tos

Short videos and guides that answer frequently asked questions about library research, services and more.

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Annotated Bibliographies   Text

What is an annotated bibliography? Why write one? What kinds of sources should you annotate?

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APA Style Guide Videos   Video

A collection of helpful videos on using APA citation; based on the 6th edition of the style guide

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Benefits of Using Citation Management Tools   Video

Why should you consider using a Citation Management tool? Learn here! (1:32)

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Concept Mapping   Text

Plan your search with a visual representation of your search terms.

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Decoding Search Results   Video

How to identify the type of source (journal article, book, chapter in book) based on the information provided (1:58)

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Developing a Research Question   Video   Interactive

Explains why phrasing your research topic as a question can help you focus your research and find relevant information (2:57)

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Developing Search Terms   Video

Tips on brainstorming for additional search terms to help you get the best results (2:57)

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Engineering Standards and Codes Guide   Text

Reading standard numbers, finding standards at Western, equivalency and currency of standards

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Evaluating Sources   Video

Criteria to help you critically evaluate sources of information and ensure that you're only using quality sources of information (2:16)

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FAQ: E-Books at Western Libraries   Text

Western's e-book collections and subject coverage; how to find, download, email, print, read e-books; use with e-book readers

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Finding Books and ebooks   Interactive

Learn how to find books and ebooks via two routes. Search keywords from the search box on the library homepage or search the catalogue.

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Finding Market Share   Video   Text

What is Market Share? Resources for determining Market Share

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Full Text Article: Get It   Video

How do I get a full text article from a database or the Get It @ Western button? (1:47)

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Full Text Article: Storage   Video

How do I get a full text article from 'Storage'? (1:22)

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Full Text Article: The Catalogue   Video

Having trouble finding the full text an article? Check the catalogue for the journal! (1:24)

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Get it @ Western not working   Text

When "Get it @ Western" doesn't get you what you expect, follow these steps

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Getting More Help   Video

There are a number of ways you can get help from Western Libraries (0:36)

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Google and Google Scholar   Interactive

What’s the difference between Google and Google Scholar? Learn how both can help you meet your research needs.

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Grey Literature   Video

What it is, how to find it, and how it might help your research. (2:39)

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How to Find Books   Video

Three tips on finding print books in Western Libraries. (1:10)

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How To Find Dissertations   Text

How to find theses and dissertations from anywhere.

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How to Find Engineering Conference Proceedings   Text

Tips and sources for finding these.

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How to Find Journal Articles   Video

How to pick the right database and get the full text of articles. (1:26)

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How to Find Western Theses and Dissertations   Video

How to find these in Scholarship@Western and the library catalogue. (2:09)

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How to Read a Scholarly Article   Video

Tips on skimming and digesting journal articles. (2:34)

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Introduction to Call Numbers   Video

How to read those letters and numbers on the spine of a library book. (2:25)

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Journal Abbreviations   Text

How to find full journal titles and journal title abbreviations.

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Keeping a Search Log   Text

How do you keep track of your searches effectively, and save time.

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Library DIY   Video

Let Skelley the Skeleton show you around the Taylor Library and demonstrate all of our new self-check services. (2:03)

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Library Stuff You Need to Know   Video   Text

Here are a few things you should know about the library!

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Literature Review   Video   Interactive

Are you a graduate student? Need to do a literature review? Here is how to get started. (3:45)

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Literature Reviews, Introduction to Different Types of   Text

An explanation of some of the more common types of literature reviews

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My Library Account: Requesting a Book   Video

How to get books from other Western Libraries locations delivered to your favourite library. (0:58)

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My Library Account: View and Renew Your Books   Video

How to view and renew your books online. (0:41)

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Picking the Right Database   Video

How to find the best database for a topic (3:24)

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Plagiarism   Video   Text

What plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

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Putting Together your Search Terms   Video

Tips on creating effective search strategies. (1:35)

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RACER and Interlibrary Loan Services   Video

How to borrow books or get articles that Western Libraries does not have.

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RADAR   Interactive

This interactive module will show you how to use your RADAR to evaluate information!

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Reference Tools   Video

What they are and how they can help you find more sources to support your research. (0:58)

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Refining your Search with Fields   Video

Tips & tricks for narrowing down your search results. (1:22)

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Research Guides   Video

Start your research here. There is one for each academic program at Western. (0:54)

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Research Metrics   Text

An introduction to the metrics used in the evaluation and assessment of research. Includes Impact Factor, h-index, and who is citing your work.

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Research Process Toolkit   Video

Have an assignment due? Don't know where to begin? Use this toolkit on how to get started and complete your assignment.

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Review Articles: A very brief introduction   Video

What is a review article? How do I find a review article and more. (02:12)

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Revising Your Search Strategy   Video

Helpful search tips to use when you can't find any sources on your topic. (1:45)

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Searching with Boolean Operators   Video

Learn how to create a effective search strategy using the Boolean operators, "AND" and "OR". (3:43)

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Subject Headings   Video

What they are and how they can help you find sources. (4:26)

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Taylor Library Virtual Tour   Text

Our Science, Technology & Medicine library.

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The Peer Review Process   Video

What is it? Why is it important to know about it? (1:56)

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Tour of the D.B. Weldon Library   Video

Our Arts & Humanities, Social Science, and Information & Media Studies library. (3:39)

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Two ways to Search a Database   Video

The all-in-one approach vs. the search-history approach. (2:12)

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Types of information sources for Science, Medicine & Engineering   Video

Where to look for different types of information. (1:59)

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Western Libraries Homepage Search Engine   Video

What is it? What does it search? How does it work? (2:26)

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Western University Archives Tour   Video

Tour the Reading Room at Western Archives (1:51)

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With a citation, how to find a book   Text

Tips on how to find a book given its citation.

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With a citation, how to find a journal article   Text

Tips on how to find a journal article given its citation.