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Online Tools: Overview

An assortment of tutorials, videos, and tools to help students use library resources

Instructions

This page includes overviews of library services, tutorials on the research process, and virtual tours.

Creating Research Assignments

Creating Research Assignments includes suggestions for effective information literacy assignments and pitfalls to avoid.

Recommended for: Instructors

URL: http://libtutorials.uky.edu/CreatingResearchAssignments

Length: Approximately 6-8 minutes

Introduction to UK Libraries

Introduction to UK Libraries is an interactive tutorial highlighting important resources and services such as research guides, printing, and more!

Recommended for: Students (or anyone unfamiliar with the library)

​URL: http://libtutorials.uky.edu/libraryintro

Length: N/A

 

Library DIY

Library DIY is an interactive "self help" tool designed to help students help themselves with common library problems and questions.  

Recommended for: Students

​URL: http://libtutorials.uky.edu/LibraryDIY

Length: N/A

Online Info Lit Course

Open Information Literacy is a 40 minute, self-paced Information Literacy tutorial in Canvas, UK's learning management system.  Anyone affiliated with UK can sign up to take the course. Instructors may choose to refer students to this course, to supplement library instruction in the classroom and help students develop the information literacy skills they need to be successful in college.  

Recommended for: Students

URL for students to self-enroll: https://uk.instructure.com/enroll/HFM8FK

Length: Approximately 40 minutes

 

Developing a Research Topic

Developing a Research Topic will give students insight into the process of what makes a good research topic and how it often evolves over the course of the project.

Recommended for: Students

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw0KTCj2uH4

Length: 1:16

Background Research

Conducting Background Research is an important part of the overall research process. This quick video will give students tips on how to go about this part of the process.

Recommended for: Students

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUShXMnOx1s

Length: 1:06

Interactive Overview of Young Library

Overview of Young Library shows the services, collections, technology, and other amenities available on each floor of the library.

Recommended for: Students (or anyone new to UK)

URL: http://libtutorials.uky.edu/wtyltour

Length: N/A

Copyright Overview: Using Images

Copyright Overview: Using Images is a ten minute course that provides an introduction to copyright, public domain, fair use, and Creative Commons.

Recommended for: Students

URL: http://libtutorials.uky.edu/copyrightimages

Length: Approximately 5 minutes

 

Introduction to Scholarly Articles

Introduction to Scholarly Articles helps students who are new to scholarly research learn how to identify the characteristics of scholarly articles.

Recommended for: Students

URL: http://libtutorials.uky.edu/ScholarlyArticles

Length: Approximately 6-8 minutes

Scholarly, Trade, and Popular Publications Overview

This Overview of Scholarly, Trade, and Popular Publications does a great job of explaining to students what the key differences are between each of these source types.

Recommended for: Students

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6hUb05N-GA

Length: 2:52

Selecting Search Terms

Selecting Search Terms is a quick video that helps students understand which terms will best help them find resources related to their topic.

Recommended for: Students

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GedsMs6phc

Length: 1:26

Inspiration Station

Inspiration Station 

This site is designed to help students find inspiration for writing their first college-level research paper. Use the navigational tools to explore abstracts written by your colleagues – undergraduate students at UK! Browse subjects you are interested in to get inspiration as you plan your paper topic.  Then use the library resources for that subject area to help you find published research in that area. 

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