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CSUDH Library Tutorials

The CSUDH Library offers interactive tutorials and videos to support student research! 

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An interactive split-screen tutorial with an active web browser on using OneSearch, the library's online catalog.
(5 min.)

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Developing Keywords

An interactive tutorial on developing research questions, keywords, and narrowing a topic to find sources in a library database.
(8 min.)

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Library Self-Guided Tour

Tour of the library and services with audio, video, and quizzes. Best on a mobile device or Loan an iPad.
(20 min.)

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Evaluating Information

An interactive tutorial on evaluating information for a variety of sources including popular and scholarly, peer-review sources.
(15 min.)

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Getting Started with Citations

An interactive tutorial on citing sources in a research project, using citation styles for various fields of study, and practicing format.
(20 min.)

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Avoiding Plagiarism Updated

An interactive tutorial on avoiding plagiarism by properly paraphrasing, attributing sources and using citation styles.
(10 min.)

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PsycINFO New

An interactive tutorial on using PsycINFO for Psychology, Child Development, and Social Work research using filters and a thesaurus.
(15 min.)

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Web browser with text on the left and CINAHL on the right.

An interactive tutorial on using CINAHL for Nursing and Healthcare research to find original research studies.
(15 min.)

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PubMed New

An interactive tutorial on using PubMed to find Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and original research studies.
(15 min.)

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Opposing Viewpoints

An interactive tutorial on finding and using sources from Opposing Viewpoints in Context for ENG 110/112 or THE 120.
(20 min.)

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Access, Power, & Privilege

A choose your own scenario activity on barriers to accessing scholarly research for a specific real-life need.
(15 min.)

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For Instructors

Assign a CSUDH Library tutorial for participation points or extra credit! 

How it works: 

1.  Add a link to the tutorial in your syllabus or in Blackboard. 

2. Provide a due date and an explanation for how the assigned tutorial fits into your course. 

3. Once students have completed the tutorial, they can email or save a summary of their responses to submit for proof of completion. 

At the end of the tutorial, students can choose to include their name and send a report of their responses to an email address.

Submission directions for tutorials. Questions for did you take this tutorial for a class, professor, and student name.

We recommend you have students send their responses directly to the instructor's CSUDH email. You'll get a report a few minutes after they submit that includes their name and responses.

Generated report includes form name, description, questions, and student responses.

Option 1: Students can complete an embedded Google Form with their name, course, and professor and send a copy for the form to an email address. You will know that students have gone through the entire tutorial, but won't see their responses or quiz results. 

Google form proof of completion.

Option 2: Students can print a report of their responses at the end of the tutorial and save the file as a PDF to upload in Blackboard. You will be able to see their responses and quiz results, but there are more likely to be technical issues. 

Quiz results, score, and print results.

Saving results as a PDF: 

1. Select "Print Results" on the Quiz Results page.

2. Right click anywhere on the next screen.

3. Choose "Print..."

4. Change the print destination to "Save as a PDF."

Print destination. Save as PDF.

4. Select the Print button.

5. Save the file in Documents or Desktop to find your PDF again.

Print of tutorial results.

Let us know how it's going! Did you use a tutorial and see an improvement in your course? Have ideas for additional topics? Contact Tessa Withorn, Online Learning Librarian (


For interactive tutorials that use Adobe Flash Player: Developing Keywords, Evaluating Information, Getting Started with Citations, and Avoiding Plagiarism...

Did you open a tutorial and it didn't load on the page?

1. Go to Flash Player Help

  • Check to see if Flash is installed on your computer.
  • Download the latest version of the Flash Player.
  • Find directions to enable Flash Player on your preferred browser.

2. If you do not have Flash Player installed, the tutorial will try to load using HTML5.

For additional assistance with any tutorial, contact the Research Help Desk.