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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

This brief tutorial and activity will teach you how to access information through the VPN (Virtual Private Network) and UC-eLinks. 
Access your local library account to see what you have checked out, overdue, or on hold.
How you use keywords in Google matters.  Learn more about word order and the use of "quotations marks".

Research Skills: Introductory

Have an article you want to read that isn't available in full-text through the library databases? Learn how to make a request of full-text articles through UC-eLinks. (2:09)
December 2019
Have an article you want to read? Discover two key ways to find a specific journal article.
How to find databases at UC Merced. Learn to search for databases and narrow down by database subject area, full-text availability, etc.

Research Skills: Advanced

Need help finding a useful and relevant article? Web of Science is a database that shows both backward and forward networks.
Discover how to connect to forward article networks (Cited By information) in Google Scholar.  Also used Related Articles links to find relevant resources.
Discover how articles are connected to each other. Use this information to save time when you research.

Resources & Tools

PsycINFO is a psychology database that you can use to find empirical articles (articles that report on original research).
http://gots.ucmerced.edu/tutorial/use-uc-elinks-for-full-text
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.