Study Skills & Research Tutorials

CTLE Online Tutorials

Study Skills Video Tutorials

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Time Management

Since most learning will take place outside of college classrooms, time management becomes one of the most important skills needed for academic success. This presentation will show you how to keep track of your time and use it judiciously.

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Goal Setting

Successful students and successful people engage in goal setting. Goal setting is an instinctive human behavior that can give direction to our efforts. Goal setting can also provide the motivation necessary to negotiate the difficult process of college study. This presentation will introduce you to an effective method for goal setting for college study.

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Organization

In order for material to be learned and remembered, it must be organized. Dealing with the huge amount of material necessary for college study demands efficient organization skills. This presentation will introduce you to effective and efficient organizational skills. These skills can help you become a more successful student.

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Note-Taking

Students need good note taking skills in order to be successful. Note taking helps you keep your mind on a lecture, and your notes become a valuable study tool that will help you recall the lecture. However, note taking is a skill that must be developed and improved. This presentation will help you begin the process of developing your note taking skills.

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Active Reading

The demands of college reading demand new strategies. College students spend 80% of their time reading. Unless students use effective, active strategies, they may find this work unproductive and frustrating. This presentation will introduce you to active reading strategies. When used properly, active reading skills can help make college reading productive and prevent frustration.

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Research Skills Tutorial

These presentations provide information on how to effectively use the Weinberg Memorial Library’s resources. We encourage you to visit the library for individualized assistance.

Further instruction is available by calling the Reference Desk at 570 – 941 – 4000, emailing Ask a Librarian or by live chat.

Accesing the Online Catalog

Save time searching for a book in the library by using the library's online catalog at your own computer.

  1. Go to the Weinberg Memorial Library’s homepage: www.scranton.edu/library
  2. You can search the online catalog by Keyword, Title, or Author directly from the homepage.
  3. In the center of the page, place your cursor on “Library Catalogs.” Move your cursor to the right and click on Our Catalog.
  4. You will be able to search the catalog by Keyword, Title, Author, Subject, ISSN/ISBN, Call #. In this example, we will search for books dealing with nursing theorists.
  5. To do a Keyword search, click on the Keyword Tab. To find materials held by the Weinberg Library, type the keyword term “nursing theorists” in the text box, and then click on the search button.
  6. This search will retrieve a list of items that the Library has focusing on nursing theorists. As you scroll through the list, you will notice that the most relevant titles are entries 1 to 5 and that they are displayed in chronological order with the most recent copyright first. For more information on a specific book, click on the Title of the book.
  7. On this page, you will find information about the book including title, author, publication information, location of the book within the collection, call number, the date the book is due back, edition, number of pages, if the book has a bibliography or index, description of the contents with each chapter explained and highlighted, subject heading, additional authors, and ISBN number.

PALCI

PALCI's E-Z Borrow allows you to search for and borrow materials from other libraries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and West Virginia.

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  1. Open your browser. To go to the Weinberg Memorial Library’s homepage, type www.scranton.edu/library
  2. On the left-hand side of the page, click on the icon for PALCI E-Z Borrow. The PALCI page will open.
  3. Enter your Royal Number for your Patron ID into the text box. Be sure to use a capital letter ‘R.’ Click on l
  4. To begin your search or request, click on Searching/Requesting.
  5. If you wanted to search for a book by its title, simply type the title into the text box. In this example, we will type Nursing theorists into the text box. Click on Begin Searching.
  6. The results page will display which libraries in the consortium have this book. Continue to scroll down the page and look for the particular book title. In this example, the book titled “Nursing theorists and their work” from 2002 is the book we are looking for. Click on the title of the book.
  7. Information about this book is displayed, including where the book is located. Click on Request.
  8. It will place an order for the book and prompt you for your e-mail address. You will receive a confirmation number. The confirmation can be used if there are any problems with retrieving the book. Expect the book to arrive at the library within 4 days. You will be able to pick it up at the circulation desk and keep it for the traditional 4 week loan period. If you have any questions, please call the 941-4000.

Databases by Subject

The Library has over 110 different indices and databases that can help you find information in journals, newspapers, and other types of periodicals. Learn how to locate the best database(s) for your research by subject and to obtain a full version of the article through the library.

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  1. Open your browser. To go to the Weinberg Memorial Library’s homepage, type: www.scranton.edu/library
  2. In the center of the page, place your cursor on “Find Journal Articles & Newspapers.” Move your cursor to the right and click on Databases by Subject.
  3. The Databases by Subject page will open in a new window. Maximize the window.
  4. On this page, you are able to choose from over 25 subjects to find the most pertinent databases for your particular research. In this example, we will look for information in the nursing field. Click on Nursing.
  5. This will bring up a collection of databases intended specifically for nursing majors and practitioners. If you were to look for an article on nurse theorists that will deal with some current periodical or journal information on a particular theorist, click on CINAHL with Full Text (EBSCO). If you are not on campus, you will be asked to authenticate that you are a University of Scranton student. When you enter your username and password on the My.Scranton page, you will see the database search page.
  6. Type nurse theorists into the text box and click on s.
  7. Articles will be retrieved on nursing theorists. You can obtain a citation and abstract on the article by clicking on the title of the article. You can follow steps to obtain the full text of the article either in another database or in the Library by clicking on Check Article Linker for more information.
  8. Article Linker will open in a new window and will link you to either the full text of the article is available electronically in another database (Click on the word “Article.”) or in print version in the Library.


Databases by Title

Find the articles you need by searching the databases by title.

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  1. Open your browser. To go to the Weinberg Memorial Library’s homepage, type: www.scranton.edu/library
  2. In the center of the page, place your cursor on “Find Journal Articles & Newspapers.” Move your cursor to the right and click on A-Z List of Databases.
  3. The A-Z List of Databases page will open.
  4. You will be presented with an alphabetical list of the databases subscribed to by the University of Scranton.
  5. You can find a description of a database by clicking on the blue bar at the top of the page labeled “Database Descriptions.”
  6. Go directly to a database by clicking on the name of the database. If you are not on campus, you will be asked to authenticate that you are a University of Scranton student. When you enter your username and password on the My.Scranton page, you will see the database search page.
  7. In this example, we are looking for information on the General Electric Company. Assume ABI/Inform is the best source for business information on US firms and organizations. Click on ABI/Inform Complete.
  8. You are able to search the ProQuest database, ABI/Inform Global, in Basic Search mode or Advanced Search mode. Type General Electric into the text box and click on search.
  9. Notice the database arranges the results by the most recent articles first. Find the first full-text article listed. Click on fulltxt to get the actual article to read online. On top of the page, click on print to print the article or email to e-mail the article.
  10. If full-text is not available, follow the links to where full-text might be available by using the Article Linker icon.


Electronic Reserves

This section will help you retrieve course materials an instructor has placed in Electronic Reserves (ERes).

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  1. Open your browser. To go to the Weinberg Memorial Library’s homepage, type www.scranton.edu/library
  2. In the center of the page, place your cursor on “Electronic/Print Reserves.” Move the cursor to the right and click on ERes Search.
  3. To retrieve course materials placed in Electronic Reserves by your professor, you can search by Course Number, Course Name, Department, or Instructor. For this example we will search by Department. Type Nursing into the text box and click Search.
  4. There are several professors who use Electronic Reserves. Look for your instructor’s name, and click on the course name.
  5. Read the copyright information and type in the password provided by your instructor. Click Accept.
  6. Proceed with reading or printing the documents. Check with your professor for the password and availability of documents. For further information on electronic reserves, please contact the Library Reference Desk 941-4000.


Passwords

A quick reference guide for all the username and password combinations used on various campus systems.

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  1. Open your browser. To go to the Weinberg Memorial Library’s homepage, type www.scranton.edu/library
  2. In the center of the page, place your cursor on “Find Journal Articles & Newspapers.” Move the cursor to the right and click on A-Z List of Databases.
  3. The A-Z List of Databases page will open.
  4. Click on the Down Arrow in the center of the page next to Select a “How To Guide.”
  5. Click on Find My Password from the drop-down menu.
  6. A pop-up menu will open and ask you if you want to open or save the Word document. Click open. You can print this page or you can save it.
  7. This is a quick reference guide with the appropriate username and password, and ID and PIN combinations for the various systems on campus.
    a. Note: you may be prompted to change your password on a particular system for security purposes.
    b. If you forget your PIN, you may call the Help Desk (941-HELP) to reset your password.

Need more help? If you have viewed the tutorials, but are still having trouble with the library resources, please contact the library's Reference Desk at 570 – 941 – 4000.