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Writing 39C: Argument & Research: Video Tutorials

Recommended resources for students working on their Writing 39C research and writing assignments.
URL: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/w39c

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.