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Forsyth Library Tutorials

Use these videos, tutorials, and other tools to learn how about Forsyth Library, how to use Forsyth Library's resources and services, and tips for research, writing, and citing.

Tutorials to Learn About Research

What is Research?

This video describes the difference between primary and secondary research:

  • Different types of research (empirical and library)
  • Research in scholarly papers
  • Primary sources and secondary sources
  • Ways to describe research

What is Research Tutorial

6 Stages of Research

Walk through the different stages of the research process, breaking each step down into manageable and concrete action. This guide includes:

  • Brainstorming a topic
  • Creating a research plan
  • Finding information
  • Taking notes
  • Citation


Defining Your Topic

This tutorial will help you define your topic for a research project including:

  • Selecting a research topic
  • Defining your topic
  • Narrowing Your Topic

Defining Your Topic Tutorial

Advanced Search Tips

This video discusses advanced search strategies that will help you search library resources more effectively, including:

  • Phrase Searching
  • Boolean Searching with keywords (AND/OR/NOT)
  • Searching as an iterative process
  • Using subject headings

Advanced Search Tips Tutorial

Reading Research Articles

This video provides tips for reading research articles, including:

  • Identifying the different parts of a research article
  • Suggested order of reading

Reading Research Articles Tutorial

Resources for Your Major

This video discusses information about subject-specific resources and tools, including:

  • Library research for upper division courses
  • Research databases and subject guides
  • Professional associations and publications
  • Library liaisons

Resources for Your Major Tutorial

Finding Statistics

This video discusses strategies for finding statistics for research, including:

  • What are statistics?
  • How to find relevant statistics
  • Object of focus or social unit 
  • Where to find statistics

Getting Started with Statistics Tutorial

Evaluating Statistics

This video discusses evaluating statistics, including:

  • Author
  • Method (Self-selected sampling, framing, sampling periods, snapshot vs. longitudinal, dark numbers)
  • Plausability (big numbers and benchmarking)
Evaluating Statistics Tutorial

Embedding and Integrating Tutorials into Blackboard

How to Embed This Tutorial in Blackboard:

  1. Visit the VidGrid link provided in the table above
  2. Select and copy (Ctrl+C) all of the Embed Code text listed in the video description on VidGrid
  3. In Blackboard, create and name an Item (or any other Blackboard tool that includes the standard Text Editor) 
  4. Click the HTML button at the bottom right of the Tool Buttons to open the HTML editor 
  5. Paste (Ctrl+V) the embed code within the HTML window and click Update and Submit

How to Add Library Tutorial Playlist (SCORM) into Blackboard:

  1. Open your course in Blackboard and find where you’d like to put it. From the "Build Content" Dropdown, choose “Content Package (SCORM)".
  2. From the "Attach File" area, select "Browse Content Collection".
  3. From the "Browse" tab's dropdown arrow, select “Library Content". Select the “Forsyth Library Tutorials” folder.
  4. Select the checkbox next to the desired tutorial playlist .zip file and click "Submit"
  5. Choose "Submit" again (this step takes a while to load the next screen).
  6. Add a title and description. Under "SCORM Availability" select the following settings:
    1. Make SCORM Available: YES
    2. Number of Attempts: Allow unlimited attempts
    3. Track Number of Views: YES
  7. Under "Grading" select your desired options (NOTE: You must select grading options now, you won’t be able to change the grading items after importing the SCORM object into your course. We suggest the default settings, but descriptions are below.)
    1. No Grading - You could pair the library tutorials with an additional Blackboard item such as a Discussion Question, Quiz, or other assignment. This means that Bb does not add an individual line item in to your gradebook for SCORM.
    2. SCORM Score - Marks the SCORM as a full or partial score in the gradebook based on the progress the student made in advancing through the SCORM
    3. SCORM Completion - Marks the SCORM as a checkmark in your gradebook once the student selects the last item in the SCORM
    4. SCORM Satisfaction - Not enabled
  8. The SCORM should now appear as an item in your course. By default the SCORM opens up as a pop-up window. However, for a better student experience, click the small grey arrow to the right of the SCORM title in your Learning Module and select "Edit".
  9. Scroll down to the "Advanced Options" section of the screen and select "Yes". Click the second menu item "Launch Behavior" and under SCO Launch Type, select "Frameset" from the dropdown menu. Click "Submit"