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How-to Videos

Videos presenting information literacy and research skills concepts.

From Idea to Library

From Idea to Library, North Carolina State University Libraries (2014):

Where do research articles come from? How do they end up in database search results? This video has the answers.


Peer Review in 3 Minutes, North Carolina State University Libraries:

Your professor may use the terms scholarly article, academic article, or peer-reviewed article. But what does that mean? Essentially, these are research articles that have been published in scholarly journals. But what is a research article and how does it get published in a scholarly journal? Learn about research articles and the process for publication.

What is a Primary Source?

What is a Primary Source?, North Carolina State University Libraries:

What exactly does it mean for a source to be primary? And what counts as a primary source? It depends on both the source itself and the context in which it is used. This video explores primary sources in the context of varying disciplines.

Primary v Secondary

Primary v Secondary, duPont-Ball Library, Stetson University (2015):

Discerning the differences between primary and secondary sources can be a little confusing. Watch this video to learn how your research question plays a significant role in identifying and locating primary and secondary sources.

Popular, Scholarly, Trade Sources

Source Types: Learn about Popular, Scholarly, and Trade Sources, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library:

Learn the main differences between popular, scholarly, and trade sources.

Popular: Publications intended for a general audience of readers, they are written typically to entertain, inform, or persuade. Popular sources help you answer who, what, when, and where questions and are essential for finding information about current events or issues.

Scholarly: Publications intended for use in support of conducting in-depth research, often containing specialized vocabulary and references to sources. The content has been reviewed by academic peers to ensure the reliability of methods used and the validity of findings.

Trade: Sources intended to share general news, trends, and opinions among practitioners in a certain industry or profession. Although generally written by experts, they are not considered scholarly because they are not peer-reviewed and do not focus on advancing new knowledge discovery or reporting research results. Trade journals, however, are an essential source of information in the field of business.

Understanding Types of Sources Tutorials with Niche Academy

Learn how to:

  • Differentiate between primary and secondary sources

  • Differentiate between popular and academic articles

  • Differentiate between the catalog and databases

  • Use specific Google resources

  • Choose the right resources for your needs


Learn how to:

  • Identify the sections of an academic article

  • Describe the purpose of each section

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