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Suggested teaching materials for faculty or student use.

Library "Tour" & Call numbers

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.  

(Used with permission from the NCSU Libraries.)

Credo Research Tips (playlist of 1 min videos)

Choosing and Using Source (open access ebook)

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.

Periodical Types

Scholarly Journals, popular magazines and news, and trade journals are different publication types with different audiences.