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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.
Welcome aboard! Discover how the UC Merced Library supports your academic success by joining us for this unexpected tour of the library.  Prepare for both likely and unlikely events as you begin...
This video will show you how to find and access ebooks at UC Merced. (1:25)

Research Skills: Introductory

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...
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.
This tutorial series includes seven sections:Accessing InformationUnderstanding the Information CycleDeveloping a Research QuestionFinding & Selecting DatabasesUsing Keywords & Search...

Research Skills: Advanced

Discover how articles are connected to each other. Use this information to save time when you research.
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.

Resources & Tools

Learn how to use Zotero to organize your research, make citations in many styles, annotate, and use the plug-ins to connect Zotero directly to Microsoft Word and GoogleDocs. (50:00)Originally...
PsycINFO is a psychology database that you can use to find empirical articles (articles that report on original research).
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.