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The tutorials on this page are here to help students learn to use the Library and its resources. Take the time to read them early in your studies, to save time and frustration later on. An estimated reading time is provided for each one, but this is only an estimate. Take the time you need to understand the concepts.
The first time you read these, you should follow the order of the pages. After that you can always return to a particular page for a refresher. On the next page find links to specific sections of tutorials.
If you need a library skills module for credit in a course, check your syllabus for details. It may not be one of these tutorials! Normally, anything worth grades is found in Blackboard.
Omni: Rediscover Discovery
Omni: Rediscover Discovery
The Trent Library uses an academic search tool, "Omni", to help you discover the resources available to you. Omni is usually the first place you should look for research and library materials. Consider it the "Google" of your library. With over 80% of library materials available online, Omni may be all you need to find resources.
Most academic research material is NOT available online for free. Your library purchases online access for you while you're a Trent student. Use Omni to identify and link you to those valuable resources.
Look at our Omni Guide for details on using Omni. Or just try it out - it's very easy to use. You can always check out the guide later, when you want to learn more.
A guide for using the Omni search tool.
Tutorials by Title
These tutorials are essential for understanding indepth library research techniques:
Tutorial: Keyword Searching
A short tutorial providing background on how keyword searching works, with tips to improve your search results. Estimated reading time: 10 minutes.
Tutorial: Finding Articles
Learn the process for finding articles using indexes. This is essential background information for all students. Estimated reading time: 20 minutes.
Tutorial: Scholarly Articles
Scholarly articles: what they are, how to find, recognize, read, and use them. Includes exercises. Estimated reading time: 20 minutes.
Tutorial: Course Readings
This tutorial outlines the different ways in which your course readings can be provided by your instructor. Only some are available through the Library. Estimated reading time: 10 minutes.
These tutorials are extremely useful for most students.
Tutorial: Navigating from a Citation to a Document
When you have a citation/reference, how do you find the document it refers to? Estimated reading time: 10 minutes.
Tutorial: Permanent Links to Online Documents
Need a link to an online document that still works later? Have a DOI and don't know what to do with it? This guide explains how to find and use them. Includes examples from databases. Estimated reading time: 10 minutes.
Tutorial: Finding E-Books
E-books are available from a variety of publishers in many different ways. When you search the Library Catalogue you find both e-books and print books. This tutorial outlines strategies for restricting your search to e-books. Estimated reading time: 5 minutes.
Tutorial: Evaluating Websites
When you're searching the web for information, know how to evaluate the reliability and usefulness of websites. Estimated reading time: 10 minutes.
Using PsycINFO Expertly
If you're researching a Psychology topic, this is the most important place to search. Learn how to make the most of it. Estimated reading time: 15 minutes.