Introduction to Research Tutorials

Learn basic research skills with these short tutorials.

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Why watch?

Watch this video to learn how to:

  • find books and articles using Summon and Google Scholar

Finding Books and Articles

This video is approximately 2.5 minutes. You can pause or rewind at any time using the controls below.


In this video, we'll learn how to find books and articles using tools like Summon and Google Scholar. Let's start with Summon. Summon allows you to find books and articles from the library about your topic. These results include recommendations of databases to check, as well as journal articles, ebooks and newspaper articles.

When considering an article, read the abstract to see if it is relevant. Use the "full text" button to access the article online. If the article doesn't show up, use FullTextFinder, which searches the library's other databases. If the article is available, it will be listed on this page.

If we don't have access to an article, you can check for free access on Google Scholar, request an electronic copy through interlibrary loan or check to see if a nearby library has the article available.

Google Scholar is a version of the Google search engine which focuses on scholarly and academic papers. You can access Google Scholar through the library website to access free resources, like FullTextFinder. Results include articles, books, patents and theses, and show how many other papers have cited a given article, which is an indicator of its importance.

Google Scholar can sometimes provide a direct link to an article's full text. If it doesn't, try using FullTextFinder or interlibrary loan.

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