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Research Skills Tutorial

This is a self-paced, non-credit course that covers research skills, critical thinking, media and internet literacy, and understanding the complexities of the modern information environment (including libraries.)

Searching Outside the ESC Library

There is no library in the world that has access to all the books, articles and other information sources that you could need. Even huge research university libraries have gaps in their collections. Fortunately, libraries are in the habit of cooperating with each other as much as possible to get patrons the information sources that they need. Here are some ways that you can find information sources that our library does not have: 

Google it!

Before you try anything else, Google the title of the article, in quotation marks. If it is from an Open Access source, you may find it on the web for free. If you are writing your dissertation, or something for publication, you will want to know if it is the published version of the article (good!) or maybe a pre-print or post-print (ok, but eventually you will need to have the final version.) If you're just doing an assignment or a research paper for a course, pre-prints and post-prints are fine. 

Online used book stores can be very affordable, and most allow you to resell your book when you are done with it.

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