Online Library Research Tutorials
The MSU Library offers the following tutorials to help students begin the research process. Each tutorial will guide you through a step in the research process from deciding on a topic to reading scholarly research articles. These tutorials are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Select a tutorial by clicking on the images below. Each tutorial will open in a new tab and will begin automatically. You can pause the tutorial using the seek bar at the bottom of the player. Audio and video transcripts are available in the notes section of the tutorials. More information for instructors can be found at the bottom of the page.
This short overview of topic selection will walk you through how to choose a topic for a research assignment, how to expand your topic if you aren't finding enough information, and how to narrow your topic if you're finding too much information.
This tutorial will show you how to identify the main concepts of your research and turn them into searchable keywords.
This tutorial will show you the best way to get started in the databases and give you some tips on how to avoid frustration when searching. Unlike Google, the library databases do not provide the best results when an entire research question is entered into the search box. Because of this, it can often feel overwhelming when beginning your research.
This module will walk you through different types of fake and misleading news stories and give you tips on how to evaluate these stories for accuracy, integrity, and truthfulness.
Identifying and locating scholarly articles can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! This tutorial will go over tips to make identifying and finding articles more manageable and show you how to identify different types of scholarly research, what the different parts of a scholarly article are, and how to find these articles in the library databases.
This module covers the different parts of a scholarly article and ways to read each part quickly and efficiently. Then, it shows a few ways to keep track of what you learn so you can use that information in your research assignment.
MSU Library subscribes to Credo Information Literacy - CORE (also known as InfoLit – Core) multimedia content aligned with national information literacy standards. The course uses innovative technology and proven pedagogy to build essential information literacy and critical-thinking skills that will help students thrive in their academic careers and beyond.
Both MSU Library tutorials and CREDO Information Literacy tutorials can be embedded into your Brightspace course and added to the gradebook.
Instructions for Embedding MSU Library Tutorials into Brightspace
- Download the tutorials you wish to add to Brightspace from the MSU Tutorials Box folder. These files are SCORM files - do not unzip the files after download.
- In the course navbar, click the gear icon on the far right side.
- Click the Import / Export / Copy Components tool link.
- Select the Import Components radio button, and then click Start.
- In the Import Course Package window, click Upload.
- Upload the SCORM zipped file to the window.
- Click the Advanced Options button. Don't click Import All Components, since it will skip important steps in the process.
- After the package is read, click Continue.
- On the next screen, select the Select All Components checkbox to select the Content items.
- Important: Under the Advanced Options, enter a name for the folder under IMPORT FILE TO. By placing the SCORM object in its own folder, it will prevent it from overriding the other SCORM objects in the course.
- Click Continue to move to the next screen.
- On the next screen, click Continue.
- On the last screen, click View Content to see the SCORM file. It will be in its own module in the Content area of the course, but you can move it to any module you want, rename it, and add a grade item.