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Connect from Home (video)

This video will discuss how to use connect from home, which is a service that allows current students, staff, and faculty to connect to online resources. Transcript (PDF)


Basic Searching 1: Brainstorming Your Research Topic (video)

This video discusses the brainstorming stage of the research topic, before you begin searching in a database. It will explain how to choose effective keywords and how writing keywords differently can get more effective results. Transcript (PDF)


Contact Your Librarian (video)

This video will highlight a number of different ways you can get help with your library and research questions at the University of Waterloo. Transcript (PDF)


Basic Searching 2: Searching in a Database (video)

This video discusses the initial stages of searching in a database. It will explain how to change the features on the search screen to get more specific results to your search needs. Transcript (PDF)


Finding Books in the Library (video)

This video will help you find books in the library by teaching you more about the catalogue and how to read call numbers. Transcript (PDF)


Basic Searching 3: Refining Your Results (video)

This video discusses how to use the features of a typical database to refine your search results. It will explore how the common features of a database can help to get fewer results that are more relevant to your search needs. Transcript (PDF)


Finding Articles Online  (video)

You need to find articles, but you're not sure where to start. Watch this video to find out how to search through the library's databases to find and access articles. Transcript (PDF)


Research Databases

Finding Articles Using MLA International Bibliography (video)

In this video, you will learn how to search for journal articles using MLA International Bibliography and how to get the journal article you need. Transcript (PDF)


Requesting an Item Through TUG (video)

This video teaches you how to request items found within the TUG system by placing holds, recalls, and TUGDoc requests. Transcript (PDF)


Social Work Databases (video)

This video will assist you with finding and selecting researching databases related to social work and will demonstrate how to search in multiple databases at once. Transcript (PDF)


Course Reserves (video)

This video will help you with finding and accessing items that your professor has put on reserve. Transcript (PDF)




RefWorks (Online Guide)

Your guide to the web-based citation and bibliography tool that is available to uWaterloo students, faculty, staff and alumni.


Scholarly Resources and Evaluating Information


RefWorks 2.0 Fundamental Tutorials (PDFs and videos from RefWorks)

Learn basic functions that include: account creation, logging in, adding and organizing references, and bibliography creation.


Popular vs. Scholarly Resources (video)

This video will explain the difference between popular and scholarly sources and show you how to verify the type of resource you're using. Transcript (PDF)

How to Find Peer Review Journals (Video)

This video will teach you how to find out if a journal article is peer reviewed.  Transcript (PDF)


Citing and Citation Styles

When to Cite Your Sources (video)

This video will explain basic information about when you need to cite, and where you can find citation style guides through the library.  Transcript (PDF)

Peer Review Process (video)

This video will teach about the peer review process, and why your professors sometimes ask for peer reviewed articles.  Transcript (PDF)


Chicago Manual Citation Style (video)

This video will teach you how to cite journal articles in Chicago Manual Citation Style. Transcript (PDF)

Evaluating Information Sources (Online Guide)

Learn how to determine the relevance and authority of a given resource for your research.


MLA Citation Style (video)

In this video you will learn the basics of citing a journal article in MLA style. Transcript (PDF)

Using the Web for Research (Online Guide)

Use this guide to learn how to find and evaluate scholarly material on the web.



APA Citation Style (video)

This video will teach you the basics of citing a journal article in APA Citation Style. Transcript (PDF)

Last Updated: May 11, 2012