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Research Tutorials

The staff members of the UNR Libraries have developed these video tutorials and instructional pages to assist with various aspects of doing research utilizing the Libraries' reliable information resources. We hope they provide assistance to you. Please feel free to contact us for help if you have further questions or comments.

Finding Information Resources

  • Finding Books (2:28)
    • This video tutorial shows how to find books by genre in the library catalog.
  • Understanding Call Numbers
    • This PDF shows how to use call numbers to locate books in the stacks.
  • Creating Community Tags in the Library Catalog (Encore) (1:48)
    • This video shows how to create links in the catalog, based on criteria you select (e.g., topic, course). Community tags can be created to gather library catalog records for individual research or for groups with a common interest.
  • Searching with Boolean Operators
    • This webpage demonstrates how to use terms such as and, or, and not to conduct better information searches.
  • Requesting Books from MARS (1:04)
    • This video tutorial shows how to request books from MARS, the Knowledge Center's automated retrieval system.
  • Placing an ILL Request (1:43)
    • This video tutorial shows how to place a borrowing Interlibrary Loan Request.
  • Using Link+ (2:56)
    • This video tutorial shows how to use Link+ to request books from other libraries.
  • Finding Articles Online (1:57)
    • This video tutorial shows how to use the Academic Search Premier database from the UNR Libraries page to find an article and get to full-text, when available.
  • Using "Find It" to Locate Articles (3:38)
  • Using "Find It" to Locate Books (2:36)
    • This video tutorial shows how to use "Find It" links to locate books you find in a database.
  • Finding Journal Articles (4:32)
    • This video tutorial shows how to find journal articles when you're looking for a particular title (from the Library catalog, lists on the website, or by citation)
  • Searching PubMed (6:50)
    • This video tutorial demonstrates how to find articles in PubMed.

Understanding and Evaluating Sources

Citating Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

Library Services

  • UNR Library Services: An Overview (7:02)
    • This video tutorial provides a quick explanation of the various services in the UNR Libraries -- service desks, branches, and different kinds of services.
  • Humorous Tour of @One (2:00)
    • In this YouTube video, a hand puppet describes all the great services and places in the @One area.
  • Special Collections (2:31)
    • This YouTube video provides is a brief overview of what is available in the University of Nevada, Reno's Special Collections.
  • Getting Help
    • This webpage provides information about all the ways to get information assistance from the UNR Libraries: online, email, phone, and at the various service desks in the Libraries.

Business Research

  • Searching Mergent Online (5:12)
    • This video shows three searches in Mergent Online: for a single company, for competitors, and an advanced search. Saving financial data to Excel is shown.
  • Searching Mintel Reports (4:07)
    • How to retrieve market research reports on products, services, brands and consumer segments.
  • Searching the OECD iLibrary (2:49)
    • This video shows how to retrieve electronic books and data files from the online library of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), including international analyses of economic, social science and education issues.
  • Searching Passport GMID (Global Market Information Database) (5:57)
    • Shows how to create data tables and retrieve reports on consumers, brands and companies worldwide.
  • Searching RIA Checkpoint (3:01)
    • This video shows how to retrieve Tax and accounting-related literature from RIA Checkpoint.