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On-Demand Content

The following is a list of sessions delivered by University Libraries staff, archivists, and librarians that are asynchronous. Not quite seeing what you need? Do not hesitate to share ideas on other topics with us or reach out to your subject librarian for more options by discipline.

Alden Library Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of Alden Library with our "This is Alden Library" video series! 

Learning goals: Students will learn about the many resources and services that Alden Library offers via a series of short videos dedicated to various areas of the building. 

Duration: Nine 2-3 minute videos

Mode: Online Video Series

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Evaluating Sources: Would You Trust Me? Video; The CRAAP Test; The Four Moves

Video and two infographics about how to evaluate information. The video asks, "Who would you trust?" and investigates how to decide who is worthy. The two infographics, "The CRAAP Test" and "The Four Moves" offer two short-hand evaluation strategies. These can be used independently or as a class exercise.

Learning goals:

  • Discover multiple techniques for evaluation of information.
  • Establish a habit of critical thinking regarding information we encounter.
  • Use CRAAP or the Four Moves to effectively investigate an online source.

Duration: Video: 5 minutes; infographics 15-45 minutes.

Mode:  Video, infographics

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First Year Experience Tutorial

This interactive tutorial was designed for first year students at Ohio University and acts as an introduction to the Libraries’ collections, services, and support. The tutorial prompts users to practice searching strategically and practice searching Libraries’ resources. A quiz is included within the tutorial, and a certificate of completion is provided upon completion. 

Learning goals: Students will learn the important skill of narrowing a research topic, and understand the differences between databases, search engines, and other resources. Additionally, students will conduct basic searches in ArticlesPlus, ALICE, OhioLINK, and our digital special collections.   

Duration: 30 - 45 minutes

Mode: Interactive Tutorial

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Information in Real Life Tutorial

Information in real life examines our need for information after we leave college. It can range from finding a Subway nearby for lunch to determining which life-saving medical procedure to apply in this emergency. Where do we go for information after graduation and how do we know it's good information?

Learning goals: 

  • Define lifelong learning, action research, and evidence-based practice.
  • Recognize barriers and opportunities to access different type of information during and after college.
  • Discover where to find information based on need.
  • Apply the SIFT method for evaluating online information.

Duration: 45-60 minutes

Mode: Interactive tutorial with optional certificate

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Plagiarism Tutorial

This interactive plagiarism tutorial walks students through the basics of plagiarism including the definition of plagiarism, what paraphrasing and quoting are, and how to detect plagiarism. A quiz is included within the tutorial, and a certificate of completion is provided upon completion.  

Learning goals: Attendees will understand what plagiarism is and the steps they can take to ensure that they are using resources responsibly.   

Duration: 20 - 30 minutes

Mode: Interactive Tutorial

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Scholarship as Conversation and Article Deep Dive

"Article Deep Dive" and "Scholarship as a Conversation" are companion learning objects for classroom use. Combined, they are a powerful two-session examination of where our academic literature comes from and how to understand and extend what we find in an article record in a database. 

Learning goals for Article Deep Dive:

  • Understand the scientific process.
  • Name the parts of an academic article.
  • Discover how the ideas in academic research go from journal to popular writing to social media memes, and move back and forth in time.

Learning goals for Scholarship is a Conversation:

  • Define the literature review.
  • Be able to discuss who is "in the room where it happens" and understand how information commodified, privileged, or controlled.

Duration: Two 50-80 minutes sessions. Each can be used independently.

Mode: Videos with detailed lesson plans for use by instructors in a classroom setting.

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Social Sciences Databases Tutorial

The Social Sciences benefit from a myriad of databases specific to its many fields of study, such as business, education, or sociology. Learning to use these efficiently will make life easier for researchers. This tutorial walks a student through the what and the how of subject databases, including advanced search techniques and using an article to find more articles.

Learning goals: By working through this tutorial, students will discover what a subject database is, how to use it, and how it can benefit research in their field. 

  • Synonyms in search statements
  • Search operators and limiters
  • Internal clues to find more information
  • Thesauri

Students will be able to find their subject librarian and contact them for help.

Duration: 45-60 minutes

Mode: Interactive tutorial with optional certificate

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Words and Synonyms; The Word Bank Video

Learning to manipulate words and synonyms in database searching will mean the difference between flailing and gathering the best and most precise list of returns. This page includes a video about how "Word Banks" work, an infographic showing three ways to think through your search strategy, and three handouts to use as worksheets. These can be used independently or as a class exercise.

Learning goals:

  • Discover the importance of synonyms in excellent database searching.
  • Build a "word bank" on a topic.
  • Apply the use of operators and limiters in a database search.

Duration: Video: 5 minutes; infographic and handouts: 15-45 minutes.

Mode: Video, infographic, handouts.

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Zotero Workshop

Zotero is a citation manager that is available for free and is used by many students, faculty, staff, and  librarians at Ohio University. This tutorial  is designed to walk you through the basics of setting up and using the Zotero software and account to manage your references and citations. The tutorial can be viewed as one video, but it is also broken up into smaller videos, in case you have specific questions.   

Learning goals: Attendees will be able to download Zotero and create an online account, set their preferences for style guides, pull citations in from ArticlesPlus and Google Scholar, organize their citations using folders, tags, and notes, and finally create citations and references in the style of their choice.

Duration: 50 minutes

Mode: Online Video Series

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