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Library Research Skills for College Students: Step-by-Step

A step-by-step in-depth start to finish guide through the research process.


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Reach out to a librarian if you have any questions about finding information in the library databases. Use the Ask-a-Librarian button at the left, or check beneath my profile pic below to see if I'm online for a Chat or feel free to reach out to me via email as well! I'm happy to help!

Short Video: How to Use Western Library Databases

Video Tutorials - EBSCO and Gale Databases

Tutorials - EBSCO and Gale Databases

The videos below will cover the basics of finding articles in several type of databases. After you've watched the videos, dive in and explore. You'll catch on quickly as you look for research information. Approach the results with an open mind, explore what information exists. Research is not about finding an article with a specific focus, or seeking right or wrong answers, It's about surveying the landscape of information and choosing articles that address the focus of your research topic.

The EBSCO and Gale Databases, below, are multiple-topic databases, and cover a broad range of topics. Western Library has EBSCO and Gale Databases They have  of look and operate like those you see below. Once you are familiar with how they work - explore some of the EBSCO and Gales databases that focus on single subject areas.

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