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Tools you can use for researching any topic, plus tutorials on research, strategies for evaluating research sources, and how to get research help 24/7
Last Updated: Dec 8, 2014 URL: http://libguides.scc.spokane.edu/research Print Guide RSS Updates

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Start at the SCC Library homepage

Always start your research at the SCC Library homepage.

The homepage links you to:

  • The Library Catalog where you will find books, ebooks, and videos
  • Library Databases which contain articles, ebooks, images, & many more resources
  • Research Guides on various subjects (which contain recommended websites)

Want research help? Get research help from a live librarian by visiting or phoning the library during open hours, or by using 24/7 online help any time of the day or night! From the SCC Library homepage, click, Ask a Librarian 24/7

Video tutorials

Linked here are videos which may  help you understand the research process better.

They explain which resources to use for research, and the basics of searching.

Introduction to the SCCLibrary

Don't miss out! Learn about crucial services, tools, and research basics for on-ground and online students

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(7 minutes, Updated January 2014)  

Books, eBooks, and Videos in the SCC Library

Finding books, ebooks, and videos in the library's print and electronic collections

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(10 minutes, Updated January 2014)

Databases in the SCC Library

Basics of selecting and searching library databases to find articles and other research information; includes an example of a basic article search in the SCC Library database, ProQuest

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(12 minutes, Updated January 2014)

Website Evaluation

Learn how to evaluate information sources you find on the free internet by using the W. W. W. test.

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(8 minutes, Updated January 2014)

 

 

Research help is available 24/7

Want research help?

Get research help from a live librarian by visiting or phoning the library during open hours, or by using 24/7 online help any time of the day or night!

From the SCC Library homepage, click, Ask a Librarian 24/7.

What is research? Great tutorials from IRIS

Research is simply finding the information you need.  

 There are four steps in the research process:    

  1. Deciding what information you need  
  2. Finding the information
  3. Evaluating found information for credibility
  4. Using the information properly (including citing sources)

 

Use IRIS tutorials to learn about the entire research process from start to finish:

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