October 15th, 2012

Using Library Guides Effectively

We made a change to the Capella University Library Guides home page a few weeks ago that should help you have an easier time getting the help you need to learn library skills; we created a separate Browse by Guide Type box. This can be very useful for those times you know generally what kind of help you need, but aren’t sure of how to search for your guide:

  • Assignment guides: Provide research help for selected assignments. Guides for specific assignments should also be linked within your courseroom.
  • Database guides: Provide tips to help you effectively search individual databases (e.g., CINAHL, ERIC, SocINDEX, etc.).
  • Program Research guides: Recommend resources such as databases, statistics websites, and professional organizations for specific programs (e.g., MBA, Instructional Design for Online Learning, Public Safety).
  • Skill Development guides: Help you improve specific library research skills such as finding peer-reviewed articles, searching by methodology, and staying organized.
  • Subject guides: Give you a list of library guides sorted by subject (e.g., business, education, psychology, etc.).

Library Guides by Type

Of course, if you know what you want, you can also use the search box at the top to help you find a guide to fit your research need. Type in a word or two–less is more with this search box–to describe what you need help with and click the Search box. For example, if you need help with searching by methodology, just type the word methodology:

Library Guides search example

You will get a results list that ranks guides according to how well they match your search term(s). For each result, there will be a top link that will take you to the first page of the guide. There will also be one or more bulleted links that will take you directly to a specific page within the guide. Click whichever one you think will best fit your need:

Library guides search results example

The library guides, like the library itself, are available for you no matter what time of day or night you need them!



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