Videos for Teaching Research & Study Skills

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The videos in this pack are designed to help your audience avoid information overload and learn to identify and use high-quality information with confidence.

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    Primary and Secondary Sources

    When researching, there are two main types of information sources: primary and secondary sources. Understanding the difference between them and how to use them can help make your projects more thorough and accurate.
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    Deep Web

    When it comes to research, search engines are not enough. Waiting just out of their sight is a world of valuable resources called the Hidden or Deep Web.
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    Libraries in the Internet Age

    It’s easy to question the value of libraries now that we have the Internet at our fingertips. But it’s because of greater access that libraries have become providers and navigators of more information than ever before.
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    Website Evaluation

    The Web is becoming more important than ever for finding information. Unfortunately, the quality of what you find on websites can be inconsistent. In order to find the best information, we need to learn to evaluate it like an editor.
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    Bias Detection

    An essential skill in the 21st century is being able to find and use high quality information. Part of this is detecting bias in media. By understanding the role that bias plays in media, we can use articles, interviews, videos and more with greater integrity.
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    Peer Review

    A big challenge for students is sifting through mountains of information to find high quality sources for research papers. This video explains why peer reviewed articles can be useful to students and what makes the articles more trustworthy than other sources.
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    This is an introduction to the basics of plagiarism and how to avoid it, told via a story of a student completing an assignment.
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    This video explores the tools, policies and people that seek to make Wikipedia articles factual and high quality.
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    Research Papers

    Nearly every student is asked to write a research paper and this video illustrates how research papers are not simply an assignment, but an opportunity to practice important skills that are useful in the real world.
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    Citations and Citing Your Work

    Using citations in papers and articles is a fundamental part of being a responsible writer. But it’s not always clear what information needs a citation. This video provides a simple method for understanding how to use citations responsibly.
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    Presentation Planning

    Presenting to a group is an essential skill and doing it well starts with planning. By learning to organize and outline ideas, we can ensure that our presentations are easy for our audiences to follow.
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