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Unit 1: Topic Formulation


Learn to develp a topic from your knowledge base and some preliminary reading, then refine your topic and compose a thesis statement.


Last updated: 10/01/2010

Unit 2: Beginning the Search


Learn to develp a search using subjects and/or key words.

Last updated: 10/01/2010

Unit 3: Searching the Library Catalog


Learn how to perform searches in the library catalog, and find and interpret a book record.

Following a significant catalog update, this unit is being revised.

Unit 4: Subject Searching the Library Catalog


Learn to develop a more accurate subject search of the library catalog by starting with a Keyword search.

Following a significant catalog update, this unit is being revised.

Unit 5: Finding a Journal in the Library Catalog


Learn when and how to search for a journal in the library catalog.

Following a significant catalog update, this unit is being revised.

Unit 6: Finding Resources in the Library


Learn how to use the call numbers from a catalog search to locate a book or journal in the library.

Last updated: 10/01/2010

Unit 7: Popular Magazines vs Scholarly Journals


Learn the difference between popular and scholarly articles, how to identify an article from a citation, and how to recognize the parts of a scholarly article.
Last updated: 10/22/2010

Unit 7.5: Identifying Scholarly Journals

Unit 7.5: Identifying Scholarly Journals

Unit 8: Introduction to the Library Databases


Learn about UDM's subscription databases.

Last updated: 01/07/2011

Unit 9: General vs. Subject Specific Databases


Learn when to use general or subject specific databases and how to locate an appropriate subject database.
Last updated: 10/22/2010

Unit 10: Accessing the Databases


Learn the three ways you can access subscription databases through the Research portal.
Last updated: 01/07/2011

Unit 11: Topic Search


See the database search process in action.

Last updated: 01/07/2011

Unit 12: Similarities Across Databases


Learn the commonalities across databases.


Last updated: 10/22/2010

Unit 13: Full Text eJournals


Learn how to locate the full text of journal articles online.

Last updated: 01/07/2011

Unit 14: Internet Searching


Explore the different types of information useful for academic research that are available on the internet.
Last updated: 10/01/2010

Unit 15: Citations, Plagiarism, & Copyright


Review information on citations, learn about plagiarism and copyright.
Last updated: 10/01/2010

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