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Self-Service for Students: Library Tutorials

A "How To" guide for FAU Students to learn about the library, its resources and services.

Writing & The Research Process

Do you need help with starting your assignment or with the research process?  Check these links for information to get you started.

Library Tutorials

Tutorials & Webcasts

Need online help with a database or in using library materials? Help is available in these tutorials and webcasts.

FAU Libraries Wimberly Library - 1st Floor Virtual Tour
(4:48 Webcast)  Explore the first floor of the Wimberly Library in Boca Raton with FAU Librarian Rachael Neu. Get comfortable and find tips for using the library!
Find a Library Book in the Stacks
(3:30 Webcast) Susie A. Student will show how to get information on a book and find it in the library.  She also explains how to read a call number and locate a book in the stacks.
Start with SearchWiSE
(4:12 Webcast) Ken Frankel, Reference Librarian, will demonstrate how to use SearchWiSE to find books, articles, and other library materials on any given topic.
Accessing Your Library Account Information
(3:00 Webcast) Librarian Lauri Rebar will show you how to access your library account information. You will be able to see what you have checked out, place a hold, and renew your books online.
The Basic Bare Bones Beginner's Guide to RefWorks
Use this resource to help in organizing reference information in one,  easy-to-find place! In addition, it will create a bibliography and cite in-text references using one of many citations styles.
Basic Library Services
(4:23 Webcast) Librarian Alyse Ergood will introduce basic library services that are available to FAU students and faculty at each campus library.
How to Find Books Using the Library Catalog
(3:00 Webcast) Librarian Alyse Ergood will show you how to use the library's catalog to perform basic search for finding books and other resources.
Introduction to Accounting Research, Part 1
(28:51 Webcast) Students will learn how to use ABI Inform Complete and Lexis Nexis to find articles on various accounting issues, and also use Mergent Online to find financial information on companies.
Introduction to Accounting Research, Part 2
(19:18 Webcast) In Part 2 of this videocast, students will learn how to use Accounting Research Manager to find pronouncements and other publications from AICPA, FASB, GASB, and other accounting organizations.
Library Vocabulary
A dictionary of library and research terminology.
L.O.T. Library Online Tutorial - NOW UPDATED!
This tutorial has information on the using following:
Library Catalog
Databases and SearchWiSE
Reading Call Numbers
The World Wide Web

Nursing Research Tutorial
This multi-module tutorial introduces Nursing students to beginning their research, writing college-level assignments, and then using library resources such as CINAHL. Additional modules cover annotated bibliographies, popular vs. scholarly publications, and RefWorks.
Use the Owl Card for Library Services
(4:00 Webcast) Librarian Alyse Ergood  provides information on the Owl Card and how it is used for many library services.
The Peer Review Process.
(Webcast) In this 3-part tutorial, find out what makes up the peer review process, how to locate a peer-reviewed journal, and ways to find out if a journal is scholarly.  Created by the Council of State University Libraries Information Literacy Subcommittee.
Popular Publications versus Scholarly Journals
(3:30 Webcast) Librarian Alyse Ergood  discusses the main differences between popular publications (Time, Rolling Stone) and scholarly journals (Nature, American Journal of Physical Anthropology).
PubMed Tutorial
A tutorial designed by the National Library of Medicine. It shows how to search the MedLine database using PubMed.

Requesting Materials through Interlibrary Loan
(5:13 Webcast) Librarian Kristy Padron describes how to request and borrow materials using Interlibrary Loan.
SciFinder How to Guides
These 'How To Guides' show step-by-step examples and tips for using features in SciFinder (Web Version).  Sponsored by Chemical Abstract Services.
SciFinder Registration
(3:30 Webcast)  FAU students and faculty who want to use SciFinder must register.  This tutorial shows the steps in registering.
Using Off Campus Connect (EZproxy)
(3:00 Webcast) Librarian Kristy Padron will show you how to use Off Campus Connect / EZproxy to access journals, articles, and eBooks from off campus.