Iwasaki Librarians do not give tours, however, this playlist provides a virtual tour of our website, detailed instructions on how to start finding scholarly articles in just 5 minutes, and a short description of call numbers. This is a great option if you want an introduction to the library.
One Perfect Source? (video)
Discusses letting go of the idea that there will be "One Perfect Source" that answers all your research questions, and instead strategizing on how to pull together different sources on different topics to answer your question. Includes challenge of picking the right keywords, and how popular and scholarly sources may play a role in your research.
Short videos (1 minute each) that can be played in class or embedded in Canvas in order to start a conversation.
How to Select a Topic
Using Pre-Research to Understand Your Topic
What To Do When Your Topic is too Broad
How to Find Relevant Sources
How to Avoid Bias in Your Searches
Research Questions to Your Conclusion
Why You Need Many Sources
Available in alternative formats: PDF, Kindle, ePub.
Concise guidance published by Ohio State University. Includes chapters on types of sources, choosing and refining a topic, how to search using common search tools like library catalogs and databases, how to evaluate sources, etc.
"Engaging graphics, compelling examples, and easy-to-understand explanations make [this title] your most valuable, open access resource for completing research-based writing assignments and projects." - Publisher's blurb
Picking Your Topic IS Research (video)
Discusses how research process is iterative (not linear) and how research process can help you shape your topic. Addresses challenges of topics that are too narrowly or too broadly defined.
(Used with permission from the NCSU Libraries.)
Brainstorming Keywords (activity + handout)
Use this handout to help students brainstorm keywords for their topic. Helps them break their topic into subtopics, and consider broader, narrower, and related concepts.