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Beginning Your Research

Before You Start

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

NCSU Web Page

How to...understand scholarly article structure

Concept Map: Plan Your Research

Video: 01:30

How to...organize & generate search terms

Manage Citations: Zotero

Videos: Est. 20 Mins.

How to...manage your citations using Zotero

Narrow Your Topic

Credo Video: 03:34 Tutorial retiring August 2023

How to...choose & clarify a research topic

Primary & Secondary Sources

Instructional Guide

How to...identify primary & secondary sources

Quantitative & Qualitative Research

Credo Video: 02:04

How to...differentiate research methods

Types of Sources

Instructional Guide

How to...identify popular, scholarly, or trade sources

Finding Resources

Accessing Full Text With Mason Search

Video: 02:24

How to...access the full text of online resources @Mason

Begin the Research Process

Video: 04:26

How to...brainstorm research topics & select source types

Doing a Simple Mason Search

Video: 02:34

How to...find sources @Mason

Doing an Advanced Mason Search

Video: 02:52

How to...find & filter sources @Mason & beyond

Find Accessible Media @Mason

Step-by-Step Guide

How to...find accessible media using Mason Search

Find DVDs & VHS

Video: 01:34

How to...find physical media @Mason

Find Full Text from Citations

Step-by-Step Guide

How to...read citations & get full text @Mason

Find Rare Books in Special Collections

Video: 01:43

How to...find sources in Special Collections @Mason

Find Sources FAST!

Instructional Guide

How to...use citation mining to optimize your research

Interpreting Citations

Step-by-Step Guide

How to...read MLA & APA citations to identify sources

Managing Mason Search Results

Video: 02:33

How to...save, export & access sources @Mason

Library Database Search Strategies

Video: 05:01

How to...pick keywords & use Boolean Operators

Evaluating Sources: The CRAAP Test

Video: 04:59

How to...use guidelines to analyze sources

Information Lifecycle

Interactive Guide: Est. 10 Mins.

How to...understand the way information is published & analyzed over time

Wrapping Up Your Research

Creating Your Research Product

Creating a Research Poster With SP@RC

Video: 04:09

How to...format & create a research poster using a template

Research Ethics

Academic Integrity

Credo Video: 03:13

How to...understand academic ethics

Understanding Plagiarism

Video: 02:51

How to...avoid stealing other people's work

Library Services

Find Items @Fenwick

Instructional Guide

How to...locate an item @Fenwick using a call number

Contact & Meet with Your Subject Librarian

Instructional Guide

How to...format an email to and prepare for meeting with your subject librarian

How Items are organized @Mason

Instructional Guide

How to...read a Library of Congress call number

My Mason Library Account

Video: 02:55

How to...access account, borrow/renew items & check fines

Request Interlibrary Loan @Mason

Video: 02:47

How to...request items not owned by Mason

Using Google Scholar @Mason

Step-by-Step Guide

How to...link Google Scholar to Mason resources

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