Library Tutorials

What is a literature review? What purpose does it serve in research? What should you expect when writing one? Find out here. From NCSU Libraries.
Academic Search Premier Plus is a multidisciplinary database. This means that it has materials from many different subject areas. You can get academic/scholarly, magazine, and newspaper articles there. This tutorial will show you how to enter the database and set up a basic search.
All about periodicals - newspapers, magazines, and journals.
This tutorial demonstrates how to search a database using Academic Search Premier.
Prospector is a catalog that shows which libraries hold materials across Colorado and Wyoming. Search it if you cannot find what you want at Auraria Library.
Sometimes your professor will give you a citation for an article, and ask you to find the article itself. Here's how.
Do you need help ordering books in languages other than English? This tutorial can help you find books and videos in many different languages through Prospector. Prospector is a catalog of library items that you can borrow from other Colorado libraries. When you order an item from Prospector it will arrive at the Auraria Library in about 4-6 business days.
Electronic books, or "ebooks," are entire books that have been scanned. You can read them on your computer whether you're inside the library or on the other side of the world. This tutorial will show you how to find and use ebooks that Auraria Library provides.
This tutorial shows you how to find an article when you already have a specific article or journal title in mind.
This tutorial will show you how to set up an Interlibrary Loan account, then request an item you need.
CQ Researcher is a database that focuses on controversial issues. It's great for preparing a persuasive speech, researching a "pro/con" assignment, or just finding a current topic to research. This tutorial explains basic techniques for using CQ Researcher, and points out the features you may find most useful.
ScienceDirect is a great database for finding peer-reviewed articles in the natural sciences and medicine. Much of the content is available in full text. In this tutorial you will learn how to do basic article searches in ScienceDirect. Steps are listed below the video.
This website is a collaborative effort of the libraries of the University of Colorado and provides guidance on the scholarly publication process.
PsycInfo is the Auraria Library's most important resource for researching psychology and psychiatry. This tutorial will teach you the basics for getting started
This interactive tutorial will help you identify keywords from your research topic, synonyms and results you have already found.
An interactive tutorial on how to create APA citations for websites, books and journal articles.
An interactive tutorial on how to create MLA citations for websites, books and journal articles.
Explanation of the peer review process, and differences between scholarly and peer review papers
Learn about resources that provide background information on your topic as well as ways to find good search terms.
This video will give you an inside look at how to conduct academic research and why Google just isn't enough.
What is a wiki? How does the information get into Wikipedia? Find out what goes on behind the scenes. From NCSU Libraries.
Need to find books at the Auraria Library? This tutorial will show you some basic search techniques. First it will show you how to search for a book when you already know the title. After that, it will show you how to search for books when you have a topic in mind.
Learn where Google ends and library databases begin; also, how to request books from other libraries.
Librarian Eric Baker explains Boolean Operators.
This tutorial explains how to use Wikipedia as an exploratory tool and where it can appropriately fit in the research process. From the Cooperative Library Instruction Project.
How to generate effective search terms for internet or database searching. From the Cooperative Library Instruction Project.
How to identify basic citation components. From the Cooperative Library Instruction
A not-for-credit course offered by the Auraria Library to help students and faculty develop their research skills, both in the Library and in the world at large. The skills learned through this course will help you perform research more efficiently in a wide variety of subject areas.
Literati Academic presents, "So you just got assigned a research paper..."
How to distinguish between primary and secondary sources and how to use them appropriately in your research. From the Cooperative Library Instruction Project.
Academic OneFile is a good database for starting many research projects. It contains articles from peer-reviewed/scholarly publications, magazines, and newspapers. It also has some videos and audio. This database is similar to Academic Search Premier.
Opposing Viewpoints is a database that focuses on controversial issues and "hot topics." This database guides you to opinion essays, scholarly articles, statistics, selected web sites, and more.
America's News is a database of newspaper articles from across the United States. Papers from large (such as New York) and medium (such as Fort Collins) cities are included. All articles are full-text. Most papers are available on the day they are published.