Dept. of shameless self-promotion: Library instruction tutorials

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 (3 min, audio):  Shows how to use, 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!


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