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Library Research Tutorial: Adapted from Canvas Course

This Research Guide runs through the same information as the Library Tutorial course in Canvas. Use this guide to quickly access that information without needing to log into Canvas, and use it as a refresher for the main points in the Canvas tutorial.

Where to Look for Information: Research Tools

Research Tools

Encyclopedias and Reference Resources

Library Catalogs


Internet Search Engines

Types of Content

  • Short biographies
  • Summaries of information on specific topics
  • Bibliographies: lists of articles and books on specific topics
  • Books
  • E-books
  • Government documents (print and online)
  • DVDs and streaming videos
  • Audio CDs

  • Library Search also finds articles from peer-reviewed and popular magazines
  • Articles from peer-reviewed (a.k.a. "scholarly") journals
  • Articles from popular magazines and newspapers
  • Certain databases provide images, music & videos
  • Websites of individuals, businesses, non-profits, and government agencies
  • Some freely accessible newspapers, magazines, and peer-reviewed journals
  • Video sharing websites
  • Images (free and copyrighted)

Online Examples