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Research Help

Welcome to the home of handouts, tutorials and other information to help you navigate research projects! The Library also provides one-on-one research assistance by email, text, phone, and Zoom. Please don't hesitate to contact us!

  • Getting Started with Library Research (video 3:58 min.)
    Overview of where to find research tools like the library catalog and databases on the COS Library’s web site and what each tool does best.
  • Picking Your Topic Is Research (video 3:10 min.) from North Carolina State University
    Taking time to think through your topic idea will make researching and writing easier!
  • From Idea to Library (video 2:28 min.) from North Carolina State University
    How information is turned into a journal articles that make their way into library databases.

General Searching Skills

  • One Perfect Source? (video 2:09 min.) from North Carolina State University
    How to break your topic down into multiple searches since that "one perfect source" often doesn't exist.
  • Keyword Searching 1: The Basics (video 4:11 min.)
    Explains what keywords are, why they are important, and how to choose them.

Ebook Central

EBSCO: Academic Search, CINAHL (nursing), MasterFILE, and many more

JSTOR

OverDrive

SIRS Issues Researcher

Academic Video Online

Films on Demand

Many of these resources focus on using the CRAP/CRAAP Test (CRAAP = Currency, Reliability/Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose).

Scholarly Articles & Peer Review

  • All About Peer Review (video 2:58 min.) from CSU Dominguez Hills
    Explains the peer review process for articles, as well as peer review’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Anatomy of a Scholarly Article (video 4:48 min.) from North Carolina State University
    A tour of the parts that make up a scholarly article and what you can expect to find in each part.

Primary & Secondary Sources

  • Primary and Secondary Sources (video 5:51 min.) from Grand Valley State University
    Explains what primary and secondary sources are and how those definitions can vary between different disciplines like history, literature, political sciences, and biology.
  • Primary vs. Secondary Sources (video 3:17) from Clovis Community College
    Brief overview of what makes something a primary or secondary source.

General

MLA

  • MLA Style, 8th Edition: Introduction (video 4:30 min.) from Raynor Memorial Libraries
    Provides an overview of how MLA citations work, MLA terminology, and examples; includes both in-text citations and end-of-work citations.
  • MLA Citation Style (8th edition) (video 6:15 min.) from Santiago Canyon College Library
    Walks through an example of how to create an MLA citation with all the formatting and punctuation details.

APA

  • APA Demystified in Five Minutes (video 5:42 min.) from Purdue University Global
    Provides an overview of how APA citations work, APA terminology, and examples; includes both in-text citations and end-of-work citations.

Contact the Library

College of the Siskiyous Library
800 College Avenue
Weed, CA 96094
Email: library@siskiyous.edu
Text/Phone: (530) 938-5331
Zoom: Drop-in Hours
Fax: (530) 938-5226