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DIY Tutorials

Watch these videos at your own pace to learn more about library topics, research skills, and resources.

Library Basics

Discover why the Virtual Private Network (VPN) is important for your library research and where you can locate VPN download information.
How you use keywords in Google matters.  Learn more about word order and the use of "quotations marks".
This video will show you how to find and access ebooks at UC Merced. (1:25)

Research Skills: Introductory

This tutorial series includes six sections:Accessing InformationDeveloping a Research QuestionsFinding & Selecting DatabasesUsing Keywords & Search StrategiesSearching in DatabasesCiting...
Explore the UC Merced Library through this guide.  Find out how academic libraries are organized and the specific spaces, services, and resources available to you.
Use citation information (e.g. author, article title, journal title etc.) to find the full-text of that known item using one of four search tools: Academic Search Complete, Google Scholar, Melvyl, or...

Research Skills: Advanced

Discover how to connect to forward article networks (Cited By information) in Google Scholar.  Also used Related Articles links to find relevant resources.
Learn how CREDO Reference can help you locate important background information on a variety of topics. (3:11)
Need help finding a useful and relevant article? Web of Science is a database that shows both backward and forward networks.

Resources & Tools

This interactive tutorial will show you how to locate the important journals in a research discipline using the Journal Citation Reports (JCR).
Learn to use RefWorks to create a bibliography. (~2:40min)
Academic Search Complete is a great database to use as you start your research. Learn how you can use it to access a wide range of materials.