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Writing 39C: Argument & Research: Video Tutorials

Recommended resources for students working on their Writing 39C research and writing assignments.

Asynchronous Tutorials for Information Literacy and Research Skills

Online Library Workshop for the Contexts Project

The following videos cover what librarians would typically go over in a typical in-person library workshop for the CP. Recommendation: watch these, then do the the asynchronous tutorials linked in the top box. If you need to reference specific databases, the videos in the right-hand box may be more helpful.

  • Library Website Overview (5:30)
    • Navigating the library website during Spring 2020 "remote learning" 
    • VPN tips 
    • How to get help online from a librarian
  • Overview of the Writing 39C Research Guide (1:52)
    • Highlights resources on the 39C guide
  • Tips on Focusing Your Research Topic (10:23)
    • In-depth model of how to move from a very broad course theme ("Mass Incarceration") to a more manageable topic ("Bail Reform")
    • Questions to ask yourself as you search Google/Wikipedia
    • Library resources specifically for developing a topic: CQ Researcher and Opposing Viewpoints
  • Using Library Resources to Conduct Research for 39C (17:49)
    • In-depth demonstration of how to move from a topic ("Bail Reform") to finding scholarly articles and more in library databases
    • How to use CQ Researcher to find more sophisticated background research and potential keywords
    • How to string together a more advanced search query in Academic Search Complete
    • How to search multiple databases at one time
    • How to get the most out of tools and features in Academic Search Complete to save you time

Online Library Workshop for Advocacy Project

CQ Researcher Tutorial

CQ Researcher is a good place for you to do the following:

  • Explore topics
  • Identify stakeholders (organizations and people who are invested in the outcome of an issue)
  • Find a timeline for a topic

Academic Search Complete Tutorials

Academic Search Complete can help you find:

  • Scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Articles from other sources like magazines or newspapers
  • Images and other media

Library Search Tutorial

Library Search is helpful for finding books, government documents, and more, including finding articles from multiple databases at once.