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SKILL (Student Knowledge and Information Literacy Learning) Videos – Dozens of high-quality, engaging videos totaling 100+ minutes of run time to support research instruction. Topics include Evaluating Sources, Digital Citizenship, Plagiarism and more. Content is reviewed twice per year and updated accordingly.

Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity

Use this video to provide students with an introduction to the concept that information has value,

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and that acting with academic integrity and ethical behavior is essential to success as a student and as a participant in the scholarly conversation.

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Citation and Plagiarism

This video will introduce students to the concepts of copyright and plagiarism as well as the student’s

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role as a responsible information consumer. Students will be able to properly cite information gathered during their research and discuss the purpose of copyright and fair use.

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Copyright

Use this video to aid in instruction on intellectual property and copyright, including exceptions to copyright  

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restrictions such as fair use, and guidance on the ethical use of others’ intellectual property.

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Digital Citizenship 1

This video will encourage students to consider their place in their communities and the digital

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world. Students should be able to define the characteristics of digital citizenship and how they have exhibited these characteristics in their own lives.

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Digital Citizenship 2

This video builds on learners’ understandings of digital citizenship to introduce them to ethical,

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safe, and responsible online behavior. Students should be able to critically analyze their digital profiles and actions.

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Life in the Information Age

Technology is changing the way we locate, analyze, and share information. Use this video to

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introduce students to the evolving information landscape and their roles as responsible information consumers and creators.

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MLA Citation Style 8th Edition

Use this video to provide students with an overview of the APA citation

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style including common source types such as books, journals, and websites.

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What is Plagiarism?

This video provides examples and explanations of specific types of plagiarism, such as cloning,  

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aggregation, and self-plagiarism, as well as strategies to prevent plagiarizing and a reminder of the possible consequences of academic dishonesty.

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Study and Writing Skills

10 Most Common Writing Errors

This tutorial will introduce students to the most common writing errors  

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and provide tips for crafting engaging, error-free writing.

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Introduction to Notetaking

Use this video to introduce students to the importance of organized note-taking and strategies they can 

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use to manage their work.

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Preparing for a Pro/Con Debate

Use this tutorial to introduce students to the purpose and components of a  

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pro/con debate. Students will also learn the importance of research, preparation, and practice.

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Presenting Information 1

Use this video to help students become comfortable with presenting information in front of others.  

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Students will be able to draw on their existing communication skills to develop their abilities as presenters.

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Presenting Information 2

Use this video to introduce students to essential presentation tips including using appropriate tone,

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language, and nonverbal cues.

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Reading Tips

Students will be introduced to five essential reading tips they can use to manage their time and stay 

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engaged with the learning process.

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Study Skills

Use this video to remind students of key study skills such as using their class syllabi to create

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a study plan. Students will also receive tips for organizing and participating in group study sessions.

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Teamwork and Collaboration

This video will introduce students to the essentials of teamwork and demonstrate the importance of

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collaboration throughout their academic lives.

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Time Management Tips

Use this video to outline the key strategies of time management. Students should be able to describe

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the role organization and planning plays in managing their time.

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Taking on a Research Project

Background Research Tips

In this tutorial, students will learn the purpose of background research and how to locate useful

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sources during this stage of their research project. Students will learn how to examine their research findings in order to refine their research question.

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How to Narrow Your Topic

This video will outline the process to help students hone in on a compelling research topic with

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the appropriate scope using strategies like strategic searching. Students will also understand the importance of open-mindedness and flexibility in the research process.

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Inquiry and Open-Mindedness

Use this video to introduce students to the value of using an inquiry-based

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mindset. Students will learn how to use inquiry to ask questions and solve problems thoughtfully and effectively.

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Searching with Keywords

This video will show students how to use their research question to brainstorm keywords.

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Students will also learn strategies to find alternative search terms and navigate the searching process.

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The Research Process

This video will introduce students to the research process and provide them with tips to navigate

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its steps including understanding their project requirements, choosing a topic, conducting background research, developing a research question, searching for information, and evaluating sources. Students will also become familiar with the iterative nature of research and exploration.

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Thesis Statements

Use this video to help students identify the purpose of their research efforts and construct evidence- 

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based statements. Students will learn how to narrow in on a topic, conduct background research, and synthesize the existing body of evidence in order to craft a compelling argument.

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Using and Understanding Resources

Choosing a Database

Students can use this video to receive guidance on how to select the best database(s) for their information 

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need and assignment requirements.

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Evaluating and Using Quantitative Information

Use this video to help students incorporate quantitative data in their  

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research and evaluate evidence-based statements. available sources for currency, accuracy, authority, relevance, and objectivity.

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Evaluating Sources

Use this video to encourage students to think critically about the information they encounter

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in print and online. Students will become familiar with strategies for evaluating sources based on these criteria: authority, accuracy, currency, relevance, and objectivity.

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Evaluating Sources for Objectivity

This tutorial introduces students to persuasive and objective sources,  

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illustrates the characteristics of each, and helps students evaluate items for bias and opinion.

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Fake News

This video will walk students through the purpose and characteristics of unreliable information.

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Students will learn techniques for identifying and evaluating questionable sources in order to locate objective and verifiable information.

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Finding Government Information

Students will be able to identify the characteristics and purpose of  

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government information in order to locate, evaluate, and use sources relevant to their academic, personal, and professional lives.

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Primary Sources

When beginning a research assignment, it’s important for students to be aware of the types of

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information they will encounter. Use this video to introduce students to the purpose and uses of primary sources in background and in-depth research.

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Secondary Sources

When beginning a research assignment, it’s important for students to be aware of the types

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of information they will encounter. Use this video to introduce students to the purpose and uses of secondary sources in background and in-depth research.

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Tertiary Sources

When beginning a research assignment, it’s important for students to be aware of the types of

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information they will encounter. Use this video to introduce students to the purpose and uses of tertiary sources in background and in-depth research.

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Types of Resources

Help your students get started with a research assignment using this video in which students will become

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familiar with resources such as databases available to them through the library. Students will also be introduced to tips for selecting the most appropriate resources for their research needs.

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Understanding Google Search Results

Students will learn how Google interprets their search queries using  

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Google Page Rank algorithm in order to critically evaluate their search results.

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Visual Literacy

Students will be introduced to the essentials of visual literacy including how to select, search for, and

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evaluate visual materials. Students should be able to define the purpose and characteristics of rights and restrictions associated with visual materials.

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