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Quick Study Guide linking Students to key Foundational Library Skills Tutorials

Library Skills Videos

Asking a Librarian

Paul Graham, University Librarian

Email Paul Graham (AST)

Subject Liaison: Creative Arts, Education, Psychology

Kathy Coorsh, Academic Librarian

Email Kathy Coorsh (EST)

Subject Liaison: Business, Interior Design/Decorating & General Studies

Nell Beaudry, Academic Librarian

Email Nell Beaudry (PST)

Subject Liaison: Business, Library Instruction, Information Literacy, Psychology

Melissa Discola, Library Technician

Email Melissa Discola (EST)

Subject Liaison: Textbook Management & Administration

Sarah Van Sickle, Academic Librarian

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Subject Liaison: Resource Management, Business, Interior Design/Decorating, Creative Arts

What are the Foundational Library Research Skills?

Foundational library research skills for university students encompass a set of essential abilities that enable effective academic research. These skills include information literacy, which involves the ability to locate, assess, and utilize information from various sources, both online and within library collections. University students should also be adept at database searching, using online catalogs, and search engines to find scholarly articles, books, and other academic resources. Proficiency in citation management, critical thinking to evaluate source credibility, and the application of Boolean operators in constructing precise search queries are crucial. Furthermore, students need to master source evaluation, navigate library resources, utilize reference management software, understand interlibrary loan services, and explore subject-specific databases tailored to their field of study. These skills underpin successful research and academic achievement in the university setting.

Select the Image below to find a list of important library skills training videos. These are from the University of Alberta, but are very helpful in providing you with the necessary understanding of the critical information skills you need for success in your work.

What are important Library Research Skills?

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Other Software Options

Citation Software Options

  • Zotero: Zotero is freely accessible citation and research management software.
  • Endnote: EndNote is a reference manager that helps you save time formatting citations, so you can focus on your research.
  • Mendeley: Mendeley brings your research to life, so you can make an impact on tomorrow
  • Papers: Papers helps you collect and curate the research material that you're passionate about.