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Research Basics: an open academic research skills course

Lesson 1: Using Library Tools

Imagine you’ve been assigned a research paper on the life of a writer you’ve never heard of. What are the first steps you take to find sources? In this lesson, you will learn how to find out what resources are available, how to decide on the best places to search, and how to make sure you have access to the tools you need. 

After watching the videos below, you can take the practice quiz for this lesson to test what you've learned. Take the quiz as many times as you need before moving on to the next lesson. You can download the script for the videos to help you study.

Practice Quiz

Watch the introduction to Lesson 1

Watch Part 1: Subject guides

Watch Part 2: Predict / rank / knowledge

Watch Part 3: Access / ask a librarian

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