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EDLD 920 Framing the Research Question: Home

How to use the library for your research needs.


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Where should you start your research? What resources does the library have? What resources are out there in the world? Who should you contact to get more assistance with your research? Get your answers here.

Feel free to suggest other resources, make comments on the ones here, ask questions that you'd like answered! The library is here for you.

Research Strategies

These short (<5 minute) videos can help you get going with library research. These videos have soundtracks. Captioning is available--just click the CC button at the bottom of the viewer.

Videos are still being added--check this page for updates!

  • Research: Where to start?    
    (3:34) Academic research is different from other types of information seeking. Learn where to locate the best information on your research topic.
  • Choosing the right database    
    (1:54) Which of the 300+ databases available to you through the UMass Amherst Libraries is the best one for your search? This video will help you figure it out.
  • Looking for articles    
    (4:03) Learn how to make the most of the Libraries' databases to find the best articles on your topic.
  • Thinking like a database    
    (4:11) Have you ever typed a search into a database only to see the dreaded words “no results found”? This video will teach you to think like a database and pull out the best articles on your topic.
  • What's a peer-reviewed or refereed journal?    
    Learn what peer review is and why it matters when you're evaluating information.

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