Friend, colleague, and erstwhile blog reader Annie Zeidman-Karpinski asked what ever happened to those library instruction tutorials I’ve been working on for so long. Good point! Here’s what’s new (all tutorials require the free Flash player):
Connecting from off campus (2 min, no audio): Demonstrates how to set up the proxy server to use licensed databases from off campus.
Find full-text articles using Melvyl (5 min, audio): Shows how to find online articles if you already have the full citation, by searching for the journal in Melvyl (the UC-wide online library catalog.)
Use Library of Congress subject headings in Melvyl (5 min, audio): Gives tips on how to do a faster, more efficient search in Melvyl by using LC subject headings.
Search using Worldcat.org (3 min, audio): Shows how to use Worldcat.org, the free online catalog to libraries around the world, to expand your search beyond the UC system. (This one’s by Anne-Marie Basso, UCB reference librarian.)
Borrow items using the Interlibrary Borrowing Service (2 min, audio): Demonstrates how to borrow items from other libraries once you’ve discovered where they are. (This one’s by Anne-Marie Basso, UCB reference librarian.)
Evaluate scholarly content online (5 min, no audio): Offers some tips on how to tell whether the article you’ve found online is scholarly or not.
All are created using Macromedia Captivate. Please give them a test-drive, and send me comments about how they work for you. If you use a screen reader or other assistive technology, I’m particularly interested in knowing how they run for you. All comments are welcome!