Library Tutorials

Research Skills Tutorials

  • Research Skills Tutorials Suite
    A set of 9 modules that provide a foundation of information literacy and critical thinking skills. Topics range from getting started with research, to evaluating and critiquing information sources, to citations.

  • How to Choose a Topic
    Guide on how to select a topic for your research paper.

  • Search Strategies
    Guide on various search strategies to broaden or narrow your search, including choosing keywords, using boolean operators, and more.

  • Evaluating Sources
    Guide on how to evaluate common sources, including books, journals, and websites.

  • Subject Headings
    Guide that defines Subject Headings (SH) or other controlled vocabulary and discusses the differences between SH and keyword searching. See list below for guides on using SH in common databases.

Library 101 Tutorials

  • Finding Articles
    Guide on places to look to search for journal articles.

  • Finding Articles Using Ebsco Databases
    A screencast tutorial on how to search for articles in the EBSCOhost interface. EBSCOhost is the interface for many popular and multidiscplinary databases, like Academic Search Ultimate, Business Source Ultimate, PsychInfo, Sociology Source Ultimate, and more. (2:38)

  • How to Find a Database
    Three different ways to access databases from the Libraries' website. (2:55)

  • Get It!
    A visual guide for using the Get It! button in databases to check for library access to electronic materials or requesting items through Interlibrary Loan.

  • Finding Books
    A visual guide to searching for, locating, and checking out books. Also see our Finding Books guide for a FAQ.

  • Finding Ebooks
    A quick visual guide to searching for only ebooks and how to download individual chapters or entire copies to your own computer. For more details on ebooks, see our in-depth Ebooks guide.

  • Inter-Library Loan (ILL)
    Visual guide on how to create an ILL account, how to submit an ILL request and how to retrieve the item(s).

  • Finding Primary Sources
    Find various types of primary sources using resources available at the Binghamton University Libraries. (5:08) Also see our Primary Sources Guide.

  • Statistics and Data
    Guide that covers the difference between statistics and data, how to access them, and sources to look for them.

  • Citation Help and Academic Honesty
    How to cite sources and images using APA, MLA, Chicago and other styles and information on academic honesty and plagiarism avoidance.

  • Citation Managers Guide
    Learn how to use various free citation management tools that allow you to save and organize your citations and create bibliographies.

Subject-Specific Tutorials

  • BioGeoChemistry
    In this module, you will learn how to search for books, use databases to find articles, and search strategies.

  • Biomedical Chemistry
    In this module, you will learn how about finding general information on Biomedical Chemistry, locating journal articles on Biomedical Chemistry, searching strategies, and chemical structure drawing tools.

  • Biomedical Engineering
    In this modules you will learn how to find books, articles, and key biomedical engineering journals as well as how to search databases related to in biomedical engineering.

  • Biofilms
    This module includes ways to find general information about biofilms, identify and locate texts that cover biofilms and ways to find and access research articles on biofilms using journals and databases.

  • Ecological Genetics
    In this module, you will learn about finding reference sources and books on ecological genetics, locating journal articles in Web of Science, and using cited reference searching to find related research.

  • Geospatial Remote Sensing
    In this module, you will learn to find books using the Catalog, articles using databases, additional research resources, and help with research.

  • Image and Acoustic Signals
    In this module you will learn how to find books and relevant databases for image and acoustic signals and what library computing resources are available.

  • Molecular and Biomedical Anthropology
    In this module, you will learn how to access the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) site, use Pubmed for research, and use the Libraries website to find databases.

  • Neuroscience
    In this module you will learn about: databases used to find articles about neuroscience, search strategies using Find It!, professional organizations and mobile apps for research.

  • Public Health
    In this module, you will learn how to create and use a PICO search in library databases, database search strategies, and how to perform cited reference searching.

  • Smart Energy
    In this module you will learn about finding general information on smart energy, locating journal articles on smart energy, search strategy advice, and chemical structure drawing tools.

Current Events

  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
    Find information on all sides of selected social issues and current hot topics using Opposing Viewpoints in Context. (1:29)


Finance & Management


  • GeoRef
    A brief tutorial on how to search GeoRef, a database primarily for the geosciences.(4:09)

  • PICO
    This tutorial will teach you to use PICO, a model to outline a clinical research question. (8:40)

Social Sciences


Art and Art History

  • Using Images
    Guide on how to search for, cite, and evaluate images.