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Library Webinar Archives: Webinars on Library Skills

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View recordings of previous Walden University Library webinars.

Introduction to the Walden Library

An introduction to the library's collections and services. This webinar is recommended for any student who is new to the Walden Library.

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Citation Management Software: What it can do for you

Have you ever tried citation management software? Were you lost in trying to determine which types of software were available and how to use them? If so, please join us for a webinar that will cover what citation management software is, what it can do for you, and will demonstrate how to use it. We'll also discuss how to choose citation management software that will meet your needs. Whether new to this type of software, or an experienced pro, you may learn something new!

 

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Evaluating Resources

With all the information available to you, how do you know which type of resource is the most appropriate and reliable for your research? Join us for a webinar that will cover the differences between publication formats, evaluating and choosing information to meet your needs, and identifying primary, secondary, scholarly and popular sources.

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Evaluating Resources: What is this stuff? Identifying materials in the Walden Library

In a physical library, you can easily tell the differences between a book, a journal article, or a dissertation. However, in an online library, you don't have those physical clues to help you. Come learn how to correctly identify various resources in the Walden Library as part of our Evaluating Resources series.

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Evaluating Resources: The Three Ps of evaluation: Primary vs Secondary, Popular vs Scholarly, and Peer Review

Are you confused about how to tell if an article is peer reviewed? Not sure what peer reviewed even means? How do you tell if the resource you've read is a primary source or secondary source? What are the differences between popular and scholarly resources? These concepts are all part of evaluating a resource. Come learn about the three Ps as part of our Evaluating Resources series.

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Evaluating Resources: Right resource, right time: How to evaluate Library materials

How do you know which Library source is appropriate to use for a discussion post or background information or a literature review? How can you critically evaluate sources found in the Library? Come explore common reasons to use different types of materials, and how to evaluate resources for reliability as part of our Evaluating Resources series.

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Evaluating Resources: What about stuff I find on the Internet? Knowing when to use and trust what you find on the Internet

With all of the information easily available online and on social media, it can be difficult to know what to believe or trust. We'll look at ways to evaluate and identify internet resources, with a special focus on the issue of fake news. Get an overview of what fake news is, how to identify it and steps you can take to become a critical news consumer. Come explore how to evaluate Internet resources to locate credible information as part of our Evaluating Resources series.

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Finding Government Documents

Government documents can play an important role in your scholarly work, whether you are looking for statistics, survey results, or other kinds of government supported research.  There are a variety of places to look for government documents, depending on what you need, and sometimes sought after items can be hard to locate.  

This webinar outlines a variety of resources, many freely available online, that you can use to find government documents.

Finding a Gap in the Literature through Exploratory Research

In this webinar, we talk about how to use exploratory research to identify a gap in the literature. We will look specifically at how to identify broad concepts with your area of interest and how to use library resources to survey current literature and identify opportunities for further research. We will explore a sample topic in Thoreau and PsycINFO while covering tips and tricks for narrowing your topic and preparing for your literature review.

Finding Literature for the Literature Review

In this webinar, we talk about how to use library resources to locate current literature on your topic. We cover what databases you should use, how to find keywords and subject terms, when to use full-text, peer-review, and date limiters (and when not to), how to use Document Delivery Service to request an article not available in the library, how to find recent articles using citation chaining and alerts, how to find studies that use a specific methodology, how to find out what tests and measures, how to find information on theories, and how and when should you use Google Scholar.

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Finding Reliable Statistics

In this webinar, we'll look at who produces statistics, what kind of statistics they produce, and where to find them. We will look at statistics from individual researchers, professional organizations, research institutions, and government agencies and evaluate the reliability of each source.This will be a 45 minute presentation followed by a 30 minute QA.

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Getting to Know Thoreau

This brief webinar is designed to introduce our multi-database search tool to anyone unfamiliar with Thoreau. The webinar will cover what Thoreau searches, how it searches, and how students can use Thoreau as a research tool. Join this evening presentation for a better understanding of what Thoreau is, and how you can use this helpful tool in your research.

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Google Books

Google Books is a tremendously useful free resource for learning about books. We'll investigate the different types of book access (full text, limited preview, snippet view, and none). We'll also explore options to buy books in print and online, plus find copies in local libraries through WorldCat..

Google Scholar for Scholarly Research

Learn how Google Scholar can enhance your scholarly research. This session discusses how Google Scholar works, shows you how to connect Google Scholar to the full text in the Walden Library, and provides solutions to common Google search problems.

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Introduction to Sage Research Methods Online

Learning about a new type of methodology can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! In this lab you will be introduced to Sage Research Methods Online to learn more about researching methodology. This database can provide much needed insight and help students explore different terminology and concepts.

Library Tips for the Literature Review

Doing research for a literature review can be a daunting task. If you're looking for a few tips and tricks to help make the whole process more manageable, then you should watch this webinar! We'll discuss where to search, how to search, and how to keep track of everything you find.

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Library Tips for the Literature Review: Developing a Search Strategy

Where do you start looking for literature for your literature review? We talk about how to develop a search strategy for exploring your topic that will cover how to select relevant databases, how to conduct a basic search, how to find the full-text of articles, and when and how to use Google Scholar.

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Library Tips for the Literature Review: Staying Organized

During the course of your library research you may come across hundreds of articles to consider for your literature review. How do you stay organized? We'll talk about keeping a search log, utilizing the Writing Center's Literature Review Matrix, and take a look at what citation management software can do for you.

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Library Tips for the Literature Review: Exhausting the Literature

How do you know when you have exhausted the literature for your literature review? We'll explore advanced search techniques to make sure that you have been exposed to all literature in the field on your topic and discuss some indicators that you have reached the finish line.

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Search Strategies for New Students

Learn techniques for conducting more precise searches. Includes use of subject indexes, Boolean searching, and citation tools.

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Tests & Measures Lab

Learn how to find tests and measures at Walden Library and beyond. Reliability and validity are also covered in this session. 


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Theories and Theorists Lab

Unsure how to research a theoretical framework? Learn how to find theories and models for doctoral research that apply to a variety of subject areas.

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Zotero Reference Manager

How can you keep a handle on all the articles and resources you're finding for your course papers and research projects? Have you considered products like EndNote or RefWorks, but have been intimidated by the price? Zotero is a free citation manager that helps organize your citations and automate bibliographies. View this session for an overview of its features. 


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