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All good academic work begins with research but using an online library can be a daunting experience – especially if you’re new to higher education. With so many ebooks, journal articles, and conference papers in the archive, how can you know where to begin? These resources will guide you through the research process and help you get the most out of the online library – from refining your search terms to critically evaluating sources for relevance.

Introduction to the Library Portal
How to search using the Library Portal


Introduction to the Library

The Introduction to the Library workshop is an introduction to one of the most important online platforms that you will be using during your time at Arden. It provides a basic walkthrough of how to access the library and carry out searches.

Evaluating Resources

The evaluating resources workshop provides students with an overview of how to break down academic sources. The workshop covers the importance of using trustworthy and progressive research within academic writing and provides practical techniques for assessing and evaluating information from a range of sources. If you are struggling to understand research, find it tricky linking it to your assignments and remaining critical, or just want some hints and tips then this workshop is for you.

Advanced Library Searching

The advanced library Searching workshop will introduce you to some of the more advanced features of the Library that you will be using to find sources for your assignments. This workshop will cover topics such as key word selection, search strategies and using filters to refine your search results. Before this session you may want to attend: Introduction to the Library, Note-taking, Understanding Research

Boolean Searching and the Library

The Boolean searching workshop will build on the advanced Library Searching workshop. This interactive workshop will introduce Boolean operators and will provide you with a safe space to practice your new skills. Before this session you may want to attend: Introduction to the Library, Notetaking, Understanding Research and Advanced Library Searching