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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.
Looking for a collaborative meeting space? Collaborative Work Rooms can be reserved through the EMS Room Reservation System. (2:23)
Learn how to navigate UC Library Search, the Library's new catalog for locating books, eBooks, articles, newspapers and more. (6:17)

Research Skills: Introductory

This tutorial series includes seven sections:Accessing InformationUnderstanding the Information CycleDeveloping a Research QuestionFinding & Selecting DatabasesUsing Keywords & Search...
Use citation information (e.g. author, article title, journal title etc.) to find the full-text of that known item using a search tool like Google Scholar or UC Library Search. 
Discover how to find databases for your research using UC Merced Library's A-Z Databases listing. (1:20)

Research Skills: Advanced

Learn how CREDO Reference can help you locate important background information on a variety of topics. (3:11)
Use an article's citations trails to find more information related to your research. Look for citation trails in Web of Science, Google Scholar, and UC Library Search.
Credo Reference is a collection of searchable online reference books including specialized encyclopedias.  This is an excellent resource for readable, background information.  This tutorial...

Resources & Tools

Google can be easy to use, but do you know how to take advantage of its search capabilities? This tutorial will teach you fundamental Google search strategies for academic and personal use. 
Through this tutorial you will learn how to access Sociological Abstracts to successfully limit results and access the full-text of articles and generate ASA citations.  
PsycINFO is a psychology database that you can use to find empirical articles (articles that report on original research).