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Using the CSULB Library: Videos by Dr. P.

A series of videos that explain the Steps to Research Handout and other research & library support.

Video Notes

Some of these videos are longer than 5 minutes. I know about the lack of attention after 5 minutes, and I would ask, as always, that you have patience while you watch them. Research takes patience and time, and teaching you how to use complex resources through a video needs a bit more of both. Have the Steps to Research Handout or the Steps to Research Handout - ADA Version open or nearby so that you can make the connections between the print and the video tutorials.

Thank You!! 

All the best,

Dr. P.

Front Page & Step 1: Signing into the Library and Finding Research Guides

Signing into the Library and Finding Research Guides with Dr. P.

This video explains how to access CSULB library website and how to get to the Librarian Research Guides, including my own guides. These guides are available 24/7 online. They explain how to use the library resources to help you with assignments in any of your classes. My guides include free help with MLA Style and the PDF of my Steps to Research Handout, or the Steps to Research Handout - ADA Version, which you can download or read online.

Steps 1, 2, 3: Basic CSULB Database Search

Basic CSULB Database Search with Dr. P.

This video explains how to access CSULB databases and search one of our most popular ones, Academic Search Complete. You will need to be an enrolled CSULB student or faculty to follow along completely. The video includes using search terms, limiters and how to download a PDF.

Use this video with my Steps to Research Handout, or my Steps to Research Handout - ADA Version

Steps 1, 2, 3: More Databases

More Databases with Dr. P.

This video looks more closely at working with multiple databases. Specifically, I look at searching multiple databases at one time in EBSCO and ProQuest. I also look at MLA International Bibliography and JSTOR. This video references Steps 1-3 in my Steps to Research Handout or my Steps to Research Handout - ADA Version

If you would like to jump ahead: EBSCO: 0:45 | MLA Int'l Bib 5:37 | ProQuest 7:03 | JSTOR 9:53

Step 4: Using EndNote Web Citation Manager

Using EndNote Web Citation Manager with Dr. P.

This video looks at the basics of using Clarivate's EndNote Web citation manager. Citation managers can be used to collect information about your research, as well as store your PDFs. This video references Step Four (4) of my Steps to Research Handout or my Steps to Research Handout - ADA Version

To learn how to sign up for EndNote Web, please see this video: Signing In to EndNote Web

Step 5: Searching CSULB's OneSearch

Searching CSULB's OneSearch with Dr. P.

This video shows how to use OneSearch to explore ideas. OneSearch is very useful when you want to see what the CSULB library has to offer on a big topic. The video also includes information about BeachReach Interlibrary Loan and using OneSearch's pins to keep records of useful finds. This video is related to Step 5 of my Steps to Research Handout or my Steps to Research Handout - ADA Version

Step 5: Finding Journals Online

Finding Journals Online with Dr. P.

This short video shows how to search in the CSULB library to find out if we have online access to a journal or newspaper. Searching for journals is referenced on Step 5 of my Steps to Research Handout or my Steps to Research Handout - ADA Version

Step 6: Using Google Scholar

Using Google Scholar with Dr. P.

This video explains how to use Google Scholar (scholar.google.com) in relation to Step 6 of my Steps to Research Handout or my Steps to Research Handout - ADA Version. Apologies for the two spelling errors in this one - "Steps 6" should be "Step 6," and later "stil" should be "still." Will revise in the not-too-distant future!

Step 7: Evaluating Sources with Dr. P.

This video walks through some of the suggestions on Step Seven (7) of my Steps to Research Handout. It focuses on looking up journals and their publishers using one of our databases, Ulrichs Web, as well as looking up authors in Google.

Please reference the  Steps to Research Handout or my Steps to Research Handout - ADA Version with this video, as the handout has useful details and further explanations. 

Step 8: MLA Works Cited & Setting Up a Word Doc

MLA Works Cited & Setting Up an MS Word Doc in MLA Style with Dr. P.

This video looks at how to use MS Word to set up an MLA Style document for your assignment. MS Word can be accessed through MS Office 365 (Microsoft Office 365). It references Step 8 on my Steps to Research Handout or my Steps to Research Handout - ADA Version.

Please note, the style of an MLA paper has 1 inch margins on all sides. To indent, MLA recommends the using “Tab” key as opposed to pushing the space bar five times. 

To skip ahead, here are some useful breakpoints:

  • Access/Download Office 365 via MyCSULB (for students/faculty of CSULB): 0:30 / 1:11
  • Set up a Word Doc for MLA Style: 1:47
  • Specifics of the first page of your essay: 3:07
  • Set Up Header: 5:08
  • Set Up Works Cited page: 6:40

which includes...

  • Copy and Paste from a citation button - EBSCO: 7:03
  • Merge Formatting from your paste into your font style: 8:00
  • Using a template to check your citations: 8:46
  • Copy and Paste from a citation button - OneSearch: 11:10
  • Add a link to your citation: 11:45
  • Organizing your citations alphabetically: 12:10