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Learn how to find, evaluate, and use information. Select one of the categories below to get started.

+ Getting Started

Library Services

Learn about Twin Cities Library's services and resources.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)

Top Ten Research Time Savers

Spend a little time learning how to save a LOT of time when conducting academic research.
Formats:  Web

Academic Research: An Overview

Learn how to define a research topic, find information, and cite in APA style. The ABC's of research!
Formats:  Web

Developing a Research Question

Learn how to narrow your research topic and develop a research question suitable for a literature review.

  1. Identifying a Topic
    Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  Word (form)  |  Word  |  PDF
  2. Drafting a Research Question
    Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  Word (form)  |  Word  |  PDF
  3. Evaluating a Research Question
    Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  Word (form)  |  Word  |  PDF

+ Finding Information

SuperSearch Overview

View a short demo of all helpful features of SuperSearch, our academic search engine.
Formats:  Video (Flash)  |  Video (iPad)

Searching with SuperSearch

Learn how to find and access articles, books, eBooks, videos, dissertations, assessment tests, and more all in a single search using SuperSearch. This is our big, comprehensive SuperSearch tutorial.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  PDF  |  Web

Constructing Searches

Learn how to build effective searches using Boolean operators, truncation, phrases, and more.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  Web  |  Word (form)  |  Word  |  PDF

Refining Search Results

Learn how to refine your search results to obtain the most relevant results using SuperSearch's built-in features.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  Word (form)  |  Word  |  PDF

Getting Full Text

Learn how to get the full text of articles in SuperSearch.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)

SuperSearch Browser Tool

Install SuperSearch into your favorite browser (e.g., Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari), and you'll never have to find the library's website again!
Formats:  Video (YouTube)  |  Web

Google Scholar

Learn how to use Google Scholar to search for and request articles.
Formats:  Web

Finding Articles from Citations

Learn how to find and request a specific article using Google Scholar.
Formats:  Web

Finding & Downloading eBooks

Learn how to locate and download eBooks from SuperSearch.
Formats:  PDF  |  Web

Finding Books from Other Libraries

Learn how to locate books from other libraries within the United States.
Formats:  Web

Finding SMU Books & DVDs

Learn how to locate books and DVDs owned by Twin Cities Library.
Formats:  Web

Database Guides

Learn how to search and narrow topics in specific databases (e.g., PsycTESTS, ERIC, ProQuest Newspapers, PubMed, etc.) Tutorials include instructions for citing, emailing, printing, and saving articles.
Formats:  Web

+ Information Types

Peer-Reviewed vs. Trade/Professional vs. Magazine Articles

Learn how to distinguish between peer-reviewed, trade/professional, and popular magazine articles.
Formats:  Web

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Learn how to find, read, and organize information from peer-reviewed journal articles.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard) | Interactive (iPad)  |  PDF

+ Evaluating Information

Evaluating Peer-Reviewed Articles

Learn how to evaluate peer-reviewed articles for your research assignment.

  1. Credibility
    Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  Word (form)  |  Word  |  PDF
  2. Relevancy
    Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  Word (form)  |  Word  |  PDF
  3. Accuracy
    Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  Word (form)  |  Word  |  PDF
  4. Purpose
    Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  Word (form)  |  Word  |  PDF

Evaluation Criteria - Books and Articles

Learn evaluation criteria specific to books and periodicals.
Formats:  PDF  |  Web

Evaluation Criteria - Websites

Learn evaluation criteria specific to information found on the Internet.
Formats:  PDF  |  Web

+ Requesting Material

Requesting an Item

Learn how to request articles, books, dissertations, and DVDs owned by Twin Cities Library and beyond.
Formats:  Web

+ Managing Accounts

Storing & Organizing Resources

Sign up for a SuperSearch account, save articles and searches, create customized folders, set up search alerts, and more.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)

Usernames & Passwords

Find database, SuperSearch, and interlibrary loan usernames and passwords.
Formats:  Web

View, Renew, & More

Learn how to view and renew your checked-out items using your library account.
Formats:  Web

Request an ID Card

Request a Saint Mary's University ID card. Your ID card is also your library card.
Formats:  Web

+ Writing & APA

Citing Resources in SuperSearch

Learn how to retrieve pre-made APA citations from SuperSearch.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)

Getting APA Citations

Discover how to get premade APA citations that can be copied and pasted into a reference list.
Formats:  Web

DOI Numbers

Learn how to identify and locate DOI numbers to use in your APA citations.
Formats:  Web

+ eBrarian Tutorials

eBrarian is Twin Cities Library's instructional program that teaches students how to find, evaluate, and use information. Browse the eBrarian tutorials or learn more about the eBrarian program.

+ Faculty Tutorials

New Faculty Orientation

Learn about the library, staff, and how we can help you and your students.
Formats:  Video (Standard)  |  Video (iPad)  |  PDF

Linking to Articles in Blackboard and Engage

Learn how to include links to library articles within your Blackboard and Engage courses.
Formats:  Web


If your class is not located on the Twin Cities campus, don't worry. A librarian can provide instruction for your class via webinar. Read this tutorial to learn how.
Formats:  Web

Learn how to SuperSearch - Standard Version
Learn how to SuperSearch - iPad-friendly Version