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Basics of Library Research Workshop: Start Here

Learn about your Personal Librarian, database searching and print and online resources.

Getting Started

Please refer to this PowerPoint for instructions that will help you use library resources. I invite you to email me with any questions you have or to schedule an individual consultation for personal assistance. Virtual meetings available via Zoom or Skype.

Build Your Research Skills

Basics of Library Research SplashDevelop your research skills so you can find the highest-quality resources, cite sources correctly, and turn in better papers! We want you to get the most out of your library.

In this workshop and online guide, librarians will help you understand the basics of library research. You'll learn how to navigate the research process effectively and locate research materials—essential skills for all students.  Some of the topics covered include

  • Basic searching for books
  • Locating databases/journals for your research subject area
  • Search strategies
  • Google Scholar
  • Personal Librarians
  • Document Delivery
  • e-Books and Off-campus resource access
  • General information about loan periods, study space, printing, etc.
  • and more!


How to Get Assistance

Use the tabs along the top of this guide to explore different resources, services, recommended databases, and other guides to assist you in your studies.

Need more help? Contact your personal librarian to make an appointment for a research consultation. Virtual meetings are available.

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Kimberly Vardeman

Texas Tech University Library
Room 110A
(806) 834-4156