Hi, this is Matt in the Library. In this video, we’ll cover the basics of what resources and services the Library offers, how to start a search, and where to find additional training and assistance. During your studies, you’ll be asked to research assignment topics and locate academic resources to help inform your assignment’s ideas and evidence for the arguments you’re making. The PG Library excels at providing to you academic resources and services to support your search for reliable quality information. To access these services and resources, you’ll need to visit us of course. There’s a few ways to do this. First, access the Library’s website, you can navigate your browser directly to library.purdueglobal.edu. You can also find us by going to your student portal, under My Studies. These links will bring you to the main Library website and homepage. Additionally, you can find a Library link under More Tools in your classroom. When clicking the link from the classroom, the Library link will display a list of resources available to you instead of our primary website homepage, customized by either the content area of your program or specifically to your course. Whether you’re looking at a course Library Guide or on our main website, there are generally two major paths you can take to research your topic. You can type in keywords and start searching immediately, or you can browse the Search section and menus for specific resources. In the Search area, you’ll find links to databases, providing access to resources normally closed off and behind a paywall on the web, extending your overall information network available to you. However, the feature you will probably use the most, is the search box on our homepage which searches most of our content all at once. This search box is powered by EBSCO Discovery Service and anything you type into here will lead to its native interface in a new browser window or tab. EBSCO Discovery Service’s search results list will present to you any article, ebook, video, or other type of publication it can find, where it found a match between the publication and all of the words you typed in. The results list is ranked by relevancy by default, and will only show results you have immediate full text access to, either through EBSCO itself or through another database or resource like ProQuest. Once you have the text, depending on the database and publication type, you’ll see options to either download, print, email or copy a link back to the item for easy access later. The search box on our homepage also has two other modes you can enable by clicking the corresponding tab. Clicking on Publication Finder will help you search for a specific journal, other serial, or ebooks, rather searching for articles by keyword. You can also click on the third tab to search across our website, support documentation, or find a specific database or guide by search term instead of browsing for it. To help you find information, we also have support resources and services, all located in the Support section. Here you can find links to contact Library staff, watch videos and tutorials just like this one about research skills and navigating library resources, find Library Guides for many different subjects and topics, as well as a searchable Support F.A.Q. Hub with entries on a number of questions and topics. Most of the time, you’ll find what you need on our homepage, Search or Support sections, or the guide linked to in your classroom. But we do provide additional resources and content like our Document Delivery service, links to the APA’s Academic Writer tool, and links to other Purdue Global services in the Other Services and About sections. Please check out the resources in these sections at your earliest o
That’s it for this brief introduction. Hopefully you now feel more comfortable with the basics of navigating our site and resources. Should you need any assistance finding the information you need however, always feel free to reach out!