Transcript: Tutorial "Quick Introduction to the Walden Library"

Title: Quick Introduction to the Walden Library 


FEMALE SPEAKER: Welcome to this tutorial. Click anywhere to begin.  This is a quick introduction to what the library has available for you. You'll be introduced to course guides and subject research pages. You'll see where to go for dissertations, books, and other resources and find out how to get started with your research. We'll also go over how you can get help.  

You can get to the library from your student portal or your classroom. We would suggest you bookmark the URL to the library homepage.  
If you're not sure where to start, you can use the search box on the home page. It will search the row. The row searches most of the library's collection in one place. It includes articles, books, videos, and more. You can also opt to search everything, which searches the row, quick answers, and the library's website for help and guides. There are more efficient ways to use the library though. So stay tuned for information on how to find what you're looking for.  

To begin, the most common first encounter with the library is course guides, where you can find all of your required course readings that are available in the library, as well as help with some research-dependent assignments. Click on Course Guides to continue.  

Based on your four letter, four digit course code, find the tab with the corresponding section of the alphabet. For example, if you're in a counseling class, your course code likely starts with a C. So you'll be looking for the C's. Select the tab with your course code. Course tabs list classes numerically. We will look at a counseling class for an example.  

Each course guide will start with your required readings, which are listed alphabetically by the first author. Sometimes there will be help for assignments and discussions. Click on the week four discussion tab to see an example.  

This tab offers help for an assignment during week four, including finding laws and public policies. Not all courses have a guide and each will look a little different. Some will have only the course readings. Some will have tabs for each week. And others will have tabs for specific discussions or projects.  

Next, we'll look at how to search for articles in specific subject areas. The Subject Resources box has a dropdown where you can find a list of subject areas that correspond to the programs offered at Walden. Click on Business and Management to see an example.  

The initial page has a search box, just like the main home page, but this one only search as a curated list of databases related to your subject area. If you like, you can click on the Databases link to see suggestions for specific databases, where you can search in your topic area. There are also options for other resources, such as journals, statistics, and theories.  

On the left side of the page, you will find your subject librarian, links to quick answers, and Ask a Librarian, as well as a link to schedule an appointment with a librarian. Click Continue when you're ready.  

When you're looking for dissertations or books, you can use the buttons found under the Subject Resources box. The Databases A to Z button will give a list of all of our databases. The Journals option allows you to found journals by title. Click on the Articles button to see how to search for an article when you have a reference citation.  

When you use the By Title tab, you'll be searching through row, our multiple database search tool. You have the option to learn it to peer reviewed content here. If you use the By Journal tab, it will also be looking in our database collection, but searching by journal title, instead of by article title. Click on the By DOI Google Scholar tab to continue.  

When you use the Google Scholar tab, you can search for full text by DOI or by article title. This will bring up results in Google Scholar, but with links to the library when full text is available. Just look for the Find Out Waldon link on the right side of the results page. More resources from the home page or Start Your Research from any library web page will take you to additional resources. Click on Start Your Research to see.  

From here, you can access Google Scholar, already linked to Walden library, and Ulrich's, where you can verify the peer review status of a journal. This page also has links to books, newspapers, and dictionaries and encyclopedias. You can also return to Subject Research pages and Course Guides. Click on Continue when you're ready.  

When you're looking for help on how to use the library resources, check out the Library Skills area from the library home page or the Get Help tab at the top of any library web page. Click on Get Help to continue.  

Here, you'll find many different ways to learn how to become an expert researcher. Build Library Skills has links to guides, tutorials, and doctoral residency materials. Click on Library Skills Guides to continue.  

The list of guides covers everything from choosing a topic to the literature review. We'll look at keyword searching to see an example. Look for the most commonly accessed information on the main page. Find additional information by clicking the tabs to the left. Click Continue when you're ready.  

Also available from the GitHub page are links to webinars, both upcoming and recorded. You can register for any upcoming webinar, whether you can make it in real time or not. If you're registered, the recording will automatically be sent to you a day or two after the event. Technical Help has troubleshooting tips for various problems, including browser and PDF issues.  

You can also access Ask a Librarian from this page. We answer questions seven days a week. Normally you'll get a response in 24 hours or less. For answers to frequently asked questions, check out Quick Answers. This will search for answers to frequently asked questions, not just for the library, but for many student services. Just type in your question or keyword and click on Ask.  

 A list of possible questions will display. Looking for full text, I see answers about articles, conference papers, and DOIs in Google Scholar. To view an answer, simply click on the question.  

The answers are meant to be quick, but there are lots of links throughout the answer. And at the end, there are additional suggestions of where to go for more information. You can access Ask a Librarian from any library page. Click on the button to see the options for asking a question.  

You can email us, look to see if we're on chat, or leave a phone message. We also have appointments available for doctoral students. We have a Quick Answer search box here too and contact information for the Writing Center and Student Support.  

Let's review what we've just covered. Match the topics on the left with the location from the library home page where you can find help. Thanks for joining us for this quick introduction to the library. Take some time to explore the features and resources. And if you don't find what you're looking for, ask a librarian. 
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