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Welcome from the Director

William Feather said, “An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t. It’s knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and it’s knowing how to use the information you get.” Our library’s purpose is to help you find information.

I have a few tips about doing library research for your assignments. (1) Get started early; (2) Ask questions; (3) Remember everything on Google is not a credible, authoritative source; (4) Focus on using scholarly literature in the library’s book and media (CDs and DVDs) collections as well as from the library’s online databases for articles; (5) Become familiar with citations for different types of materials such as articles, books, and media; and (7) Do not plagiarize.

View the videos, tutorials, and handouts below to learn not only about our library’s resources and services but also about library research skills and concepts. Please do not hesitate to contact our library staff for additional assistance by phoning 316-295-5880 (toll free 800-794-6945 x 5880) or by e-mailing AskMax@friends.edu.

Max Burson
Library Director

Tips for Viewing Tutorials

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Edmund Stanley Library

Floor Plan
Intro to Services [6 min.]*Recommended for all students*
Navigating to and Around the Library Web Site
Services – Online and Outreach Students
Virtual Tour [4 min.]

Essential Library Tools

Find a Journal
Full Text Databases


Linking to Articles and ebooks in Library Databases
  [Linking to items in Library databases is the best way to avoid possible copyright violations.]


General Information about eBooks

Find eBooks

eBooks from the ebrary Academic Complete Database

** Some of these tutorials were created by other libraries. ** If you need assistance please contact the Friends University library for help. 316–295–5880; 800–794–6945 X5880; askmax@friends.edu

Searching ebrary Academic Complete at Friends University
Using & Downloading an eBook from ebrary at Friends University

Research Information — Core Concepts

** Some of these tutorials were created by other libraries. ** If you need assistance please contact the Friends University library for help. 316–295–5880; 800–794–6945 X5880; askmax@friends.edu

"Anatomy of a Scholarly Article"– created by North Carolina State University Libraries  [3 min.]
"Article Databases in 5 Minutes"– created by North Carolina State University Libraries  [5 min.]
"Doing Research: An Introduction to the Concepts of Online Searching"– created by the University Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago  [8 min.]
"Evaluating Information – Appliying the CRAAP Test"– created by Meriam Library at California State University, Chico  
"How to Read a Citation"– created by University of Arkansas Libraries  [2 min.]
"Information Cycle ... How Today's Events Are Tomorrow's Information"– created by Pennsylvania State University Libraries  [7 min.] (Click on Download on left under "Actions" to play)
"Peer Review in Five Minutes: What’s So Special about Peer-Reviewed Articles"– created by North Carolina State University Libraries  [5 min.]
"Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals"– created by Vanderbilt University  [3 min.]
"Seeking Information . . . You Have a Choice"– created by Colorado State University Libraries  [5 min.]
"Using Controlled Vocabulary [subject headings] for Better Search Results"– created by St. Louis Community College  [5 min.]

How to Search Specific Databases

ABI/INFORM    (business)
ACM Digital Library    (computers)
Art Full Text    (art)
ATLA Religion ⁄ ATLASerials    (religion)
CQ Researcher    (multidisciplinary)
Literature Criticism Online     (literature)
Naxos    (music)
Opposing Viewpoints in Context    (current issues –– pro⁄con)
Oxford Art Online    (art)
Oxford Music Online    (music)
ProQuest Education Journals    (education)
ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source    (health)
ProQuest Psychology Journals    (social & behavioral sciences)
ProQuest Research Library    (multidisciplinary)
ProQuest Science Journals    (science)
PsycARTICLES (APA)    (social & behavioral sciences)
Statistical Abstract of the U.S.   (multidisciplinary)
WorldCat    (multidisciplinary)

Additional Search Aids

Education Research Descriptors
Primary vs. Secondary Sources in Education & Psychology

Managing Search Results

  [Go to "My Research" on the left navigation panel and begin with "Overview".]
  [Look at the information under the headers "Personalization", "Using Folders", and "Saving Searches & Alerts" on the left navigation panel.]

Obtaining Items

Obtaining articles from Harvard Business Review
Requesting articles on interlibrary loan(ILL)
Requesting books, CDs, & DVDs on interlibrary loan (ILL)
Requesting books, CDs, & DVDs that the library owns

Ethical Use of Information

** Some of these tutorials were created by other libraries. ** If you need assistance please contact the Friends University library for help. 316–295–5880; 800–794–6945 X5880; askmax@friends.edu

A Fair(y) Use Tale –"a short film [on copyright and fair use] by Eric Faden" [10 minutes]
Know Your Copy Rights – from the Association of Research Libraries
Plagiarism — created by University of Texas at Austin (just read⁄watch what is on the "What is Plagiarism?" and "Avoiding Plagiarism" tabs) [6 minutes]

APA Style

Most courses at Friends University follow the style described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) for writing papers and citing sources. The University’s Writing/Resource Center and the Library assist students in applying APA style rules to their papers. Below is a link to the Writing/Resource Center’s “Resources and Handouts” Web page that includes a section on “Documenting Styles for Research,” one of which is APA style.

Please keep in mind that many of the Library’s online databases have a “cite this” tool which will generate a draft of a citation. Often the draft citation will need to be edited to comply with the APA style instructions provided by a professor.

Friends University Writing/Resource Center

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