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Call, email, chat, stop by the reference desk, or schedule an appointment to meet with the librarians at Howe Library. We're happy to help you get started with your research projects, or make sure you're finding everything you need.
Subject and Class Guides
Select the best search tools for your topic
How you conduct research and the types of information you need will depend on your subject. These guides include links to the best places to conduct research within your field.
Class & Group Guides
Working on a major research assignment? Did a librarian work with your class or group? Check here to see if there's a guide to help you work through your assignment.
Interactive tutorials to strengthen your research skills
Classic Library Catalog Introduction (tutorial)
This brief guide will introduce you to the Classic Library Catalog. Learn how to quickly locate items held by UVM Libraries using title and keyword searching strategies.
Engaging with Scholarly Information (tutorial)
Most research projects will require you to use "scholarly" articles. So what makes information "scholarly"? This guide examines the special characteristics of scholarly information and why it is important for academic research.
Evaluating & Verifying Your Sources (tutorial)
Can we trust the information around us? It can be hard to judge the quality of information, especially when you're not an expert on the topic. In this guide, you will acquire strategies for evaluating and verifying that you can apply to all kinds of information.
Finding Articles (tutorial)
This guide will help you choose the right tool for your research, according to the material you need and where you are in the research process. You will also learn simple and advanced techniques for using these tools effectively.
Locate Historical Newspapers with the Classic Library Catalog (tutorial)
Learn to locate historical newspapers that are part of the UVM Libraries' collections in all formats using the UVM Classic Library Catalog.
Reading & Working with Citations: an Introduction (tutorial)
Learn to read citations and bibliographies and then learn to use bibliographies as a jumping off point for further research.
Searching the Libraries' Collections with CATQuest (tutorial)
Get to know CATQuest, a powerful discovery tool that searches nearly everything in UVM Libraries' physical and digital collections.
Surveying the Information Landscape (tutorial)
In our daily lives and in academic research, we encounter a vast array of information and we interact with it in complex ways. In this guide, we will explore the big picture of information consumption, including "filter bubbles" and how to avoid them.
Using PsycInfo (tutorial)
Viewers will learn about and be able to perform searches in PsycInfo that utilize the discipline-specific features of the database. Viewers will be able to limit their searches by article type, demographics of the group being studied, methodology, or other criteria pertinent to the discipline of Psychology.
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