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

+ Getting Started

Library Orientation

Learn about Twin Cities Library's services and get time-saving research tips from the experts.
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 good research question.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  PDF

Six Check Questions Worksheet

Use this worksheet to evaluate your research question.
Formats:  PDF

+ Finding Information

Searching with SuperSearch

Learn how to find and access articles, books, eBooks, videos, dissertations, assessment tests, and more all at once using SuperSearch.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  PDF  |  Web

Searching Strategies

Learn how to identify keywords, brainstorm search terms, and utilize search tools such as controlled vocabulary, phrases, Boolean Operators, and truncation to search effectively and efficiently. Complements the Searching with SuperSearch tutorial.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  PDF  |  Web

Finding the Full Text of an Article

Learn how to find and request a specific article using Google Scholar.
Formats:  Video (YouTube)  |  Web  |  PDF

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 Minnesota.
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., EBSCO MegaFILE, 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

Process of Peer Review

Understand the value of peer review in scholarship and the characteristics of peer-reviewed journal articles.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)

How to Read a Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Learn how to quickly read and recognize relevant information in peer-reviewed journal articles.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Identify the basic characteristics of primary, secondary, and tertiary information resources.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  PDF  |  Web

+ Evaluating Information

Evaluating Information for Academic Research

Learn how to evaluate relevant information for your research assignment.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  PDF  |  Web

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

Usernames & Passwords

Find database, SuperSearch, and interlibrary loan usernames and passwords.
Formats:  Video (YouTube)  |  Web

View, Renew, & More

Learn how to view and renew your checked-out items using your MnPALS 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

DOI Numbers

Learn how to identify and locate DOI numbers to use in your APA citations.
Formats:  Video (YouTube)  |  Web

Getting APA Citations

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

+ eBrarian Tutorials

eBrarian Program Overview

eBrarian is Twin Cities Library's instructional program that teaches students how to find, evaluate, and use information. eBrarian may be a part of your degree program's research-intensive course. Learn more.

Academic Research: An Overview

Learn about Twin Cities Library's services, the academic research process, and what it means to be information literate at Saint Mary's University.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  Web

Creating a Research Plan

Learn how to organize, schedule, and plan your research.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  PDF

Developing a Research Question

Learn how to narrow your research topic and develop a good research question.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  PDF

PICO & Search Strategy Worksheet

Use this worksheet to help translate a health scenario into a search-friendly process.
Formats:  PDF

Six Check Questions Worksheet

Use this worksheet to evaluate your research question.
Formats:  PDF

Process of Peer Review

Understand the value of peer review in scholarship and the characteristics of peer-reviewed journal articles.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard) | Interactive (iPad)

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Identify the basic characteristics of primary, secondary, and tertiary information resources.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  PDF

Evaluating Information for Academic Research

Learn how to evaluate relevant information for your research assignment.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  PDF

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.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  PDF  |  Web

Searching Strategies

Learn how to identify keywords, brainstorm search terms, and utilize search tools such as controlled vocabulary, phrases, Boolean Operators, and truncation to search effectively and efficiently. Complements the Searching with SuperSearch tutorial.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)  |  PDF  |  Web

How to Read a Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Learn how to quickly read and recognize relevant information in peer-reviewed journal articles.
Formats:  Interactive (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)

Literature Review Matrix

Organize and evaluate resources using a literature review matrix created by the Twin Cities Writing Center.
Formats:  Web

+ Faculty Tutorials

Linking to Articles in Blackboard and Engage

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

Webinars

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