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University of Connecticut University Libraries

Tutorials by Topic

Basics about UConn's Libraries
Topic Development
Finding Hot Topics
Types of Sources
Subject Research Help
Using Online Databases
Looking for Articles?
Tips for Searching the Web
Evaluating Web Sources
Writing the Paper
Citing Online & Print Sources
Style Guides
Using Information Ethically
Other Library Services

Basics about UConn's Libraries (see also Other Library Services)

Starting Your Research at UConn
How Libraries are Organized into Sections (reference, main collections, etc.)
How Materials in Libraries are Classified (by subjects) & Shelved
Library of Congress Call Number Organization Overview
Babbidge Call Number Guides and Maps by Floor

Topic Development (see also Finding Hot Topics)

Basic Tips
Where to Find Topics
Asking the Right Questions (Developing Topics)
Broadening your Topic
Narrowing your Topic
Topic-Related Keywords for Searching
Broadening & Narrowing Search Vocabulary
Constructing Thesis Statements

Finding Hot Topics!

Hot Topics from St. Ambrose University Library
Issue Guides from
IDEA "Debatabase" beta
NewsLink at

Types of Sources

Scholarly vs. Popular: What's the Difference?
Newspaper to Book: The Information Timeline
Primary & Secondary Sources Defined
Event to Source: The Information Cycle (Penn State)

Subject Research Help

Resource Options for Subject Research

Using Online Databases

What's a Database?
Database Searching Basics
Creating Search Queries in Databases

Looking for Articles? Try a General or Subject Database

Find a Database by Title or by Subject

Tips for Searching the Web (see also Evaluating Web Sources)

The Big Picture: the Internet and Searching
More Suggestions for Using the Best Search Engine

Evaluating Web Sources

More Evaluation Questions
Urban Legends Page (don't be fooled!)

Writing the Paper

OWL: the Online Writing Center at Purdue
Strunk's The Elements of Style online at

Citing Online & Print Sources (see also Style Guides)

Research & Documentation by Subject: Diana Hacker & Barbara Fister
RefWorks : Manage your research articles & create bibliographies fast!
Help with RefWorks

Citation Style Guides

APA Handout
ASA Handout
MLA Handout
Turabian Handout

Using Information Ethically

What is Plagiarism? : Quick test your skills
How to Recognize Plagiarism : Fine online tutorial from University of Indiana
Owl Purdue: Plagiarism Overview and Contradictions

Other Library Services

What if UConn doesn't own it? Document Delivery (DD) & Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Assigned Readings: Electronic Course Reserves through WebCT