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Basic Library Skills Tutorial: Finding Sources

A 5-module tutorial on learning about the library, services, support, and tools for beginning your research.

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Module 3

There are many places to search for resources within the library website. These lessons will explain where to search for certain topics and provide some advanced searching tips.

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Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin searching for sources for your research papers.  The following video introduces UBC Library’s Summon search engine and how to use its features so that you can find the topics and materials you’re interested in AND so you can get access to them if they’re available in full-text online.

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In the following video you’ll get a chance to explore a good multi-disciplinary database called Academic Search Complete.  The video also covers how to limit your results list and to search for synonyms and particular phrases.

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Now that you know the name of a good general database and how to use it, you need to learn how to find and access subject specific databases.  Using a subject-based database can be a real time saver over searching in an “almost everything we have” search tool like Summon, or even a good multidisciplinary tool like Academic Search Complete.  UBC Library has research guides to help you decide which database to use when you’re researching in a specific subject area.  Watch the following video to learn more:

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