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Virtual Library Research Session

Gain a basic understanding of how to use Library research tools through this series of sequenced videos covering keyword development to searching strategies to interlibrary loan.

Virtual Library Research Session



With the current suspension of in-person classes and move to remote learning options, the Zondervan Library is committed to supporting students and faculty through online resources and services.This page provides videos that cover some of the basic research strategies, tools, and information needed to get started with 100-200 level course research.


Note from the
Academic Engagement Librarian



Your Taylor University Librarians are working full-time to be of assistance to you during this challenging time.  It is our hope, through the following tutorials, to provide you with the same information virtually which you would receive in a face-to-face library research session.

Good luck with your research! 

Do not hesitate to ask for help, and stay safe.


1. Developing Keywords


While you can type just about anything into Google and get back some sort of response, research databases can take a bit more skill.  This is because databases give you considerably more control, helping you not only to just find information, but also to find the best and most relevant information.  This tutorial will help you break a topic sentence down into usable keywords.


2. Accessing Online Resources


This tutorial will show you how to access the tools offered by the Zondervan Library from one convenient location.


3. What Are Scholarly Databases?

3. What Are Scholarly Databases?


This tutorial discusses the concepts of scholarly databases, journals, and articles, distinguishing between full-text and citation only databases.  The dissemination and publication of scholarship is also addressed.


4. Database Searching Overview


This tutorial introduces the nuts and bolts of database searching using Academic Search Premier, a database which searches most subject areas and provides a substantial number of full-text articles.  The skills demonstrated in this tutorial are also generally transferable to our other scholarly databases.




5. Evaluating Resources using T.R.A.A.P.


This tutorial employs a memorable acronym to present useful criteria for evaluating the timeliness, accuracy, reasonableness, and support provided by a particular article.


6. Finding Full-Text Articles by Citation


This tutorial addresses how to take an article citation from a works cited list or an external tool such as Google Scholar and find the desired article within our scholarly databases.


7. Using Interlibrary Loan (ILL)


This tutorial explains Interlibrary Loan (ILL), which allows you to borrow articles and books from other libraries around the world at no cost to you.


Library FAQs


Recently, we have added a growing list of entries to our FAQ guide, if you need help or guidance outside of our hours. 

Please visit the LibAnswers - FAQ page. We hope to add more entries daily!