Tutorials & Support Resources

Research Concepts & Skills  

Research concepts and skills tutorials can help you develop skills, such as evaluating information or conducting a search strategy. The Academic Integrity Collection at the University of Southern California is a series of tutorials presented by the USC Libraries in collaboration with USC’s Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards and include printable certificates. Find additional tutorials here.

 

Evaluating Sources

Developing Keywords

Many times, a good database search is just a matter of the right keywords. This covers how to develop keywords from a research question, and how to modify them for better results.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Part of the Academic Integrity Collection
Covers referencing, paraphrasing, and quotation. A version without a printable certificate is also available.

Knowing Where to Look

Not all information you need can be found in the databases or a Google search. This covers where to look for the different types of information you need.

Organizing Your Sources to Avoid Plagiarism

Part of the Academic Integrity Collection
Covers how to create a research plan, keep track of sources, and avoid unintentional plagiarism.

Evaluating Sources

Not all sources are created equal! This tutorial covers the basics of how to tell if a source is appropriate for your assignment and research need.

  FAQ

Tool and How-tos

These tutorials and videos show you how to use a particular resource, such as step-by-step directions for setting up Google Scholar. These are different from concept-based tutorials, which help you develop research skills, such as evaluating information or conducting a search strategy. Many databases have help documentation within their platforms, look for the "help" or "support" links within the platforms for additional assistance.


For questions and comments about the Academic Integrity Collection tutorials, please contact Library Instruction at libinstr@usc.edu