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German Studies: Scholarly Research: Tips for Starters

This page shows you how to get the most from our library resources for finding good information for your research projects.

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


Length: 1:16

Boolean Operators: Power Tool for Library Searching

Boolean Operators are a great way for you to broaden, narrow, and refine your search results. This Boolean Operators animation illustrates what each operator does.

Taking the stress out of finishing your research projects: Assignment Calculator

The Assignment Calculator ​can be used to help you stay on track when working on a research assignment. The calculator will help you break your project down into manageable chunks with deadlines for each section.

Length: N/A

Background Research

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

Length: 1:06

UK 101 - Evaluating Database Results

This video, Evaluating Database Results, is helpful for getting students to understand the criteria they can use in determining if an article is good to move forward with. The criteria is often referred to as the "CRAAP Test" because of its focus on Currency, Relevancy, Accurary, Authority, and Purpose.

Recommended For: UK 101 Students (or anyone new to research)


Length: 2:34

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:

Length: Approximately 40 minutes

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Navigating Young Library

This overview of Young Library shows the services, collections, and amenities available on each floor.

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