Library Research Tutorials

Find sources

Find sources including scholarly and peer reviewed articles, books, and primary sources

Tutorials: Let's talk commonly used databases

These tutorials introduce some of the more popular databases available through the University Libraries.

Each tutorial covers how to:

  • access the database
  • perform keyword searching
  • filter and sort search results
  • view the Full text of articles or download a PDF
  • generate a citation
  • get help from the Libraries

Tutorial: Finding news sources for your research using News Sources Search

Finding news sources for your research using News Sources Search tutorial video. 2 minutes.

After completing this tutorial, you will:

  • Understand News Sources Search from the UMN Libraries: what it is and how to use it
  • Be able to find News Sources Search on the Libraries Website,
  • Understand how to get help

Primary sources in arts, humanities, & social sciences

History, Humanities, Social Sciences

Primary sources in these disciplines are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories.

Examples include: Letters, manuscripts, diaries, rare books, historical photographs, first-hand accounts or documentary sources on a subject, person, event or issue; newspapers written at the time of an event, song, or film from time period, historical maps, government reports or data, etc.

Using Archives and Special Collections resources

Tutorial: Academic Integrity: The scholarly conversation

The Scholarly conversation tutorial video. 1 min 45 seconds.

Understanding how scholarly conversations occur is important for participating in scholarship. Join the conversation!

Checking out books and other items

Get It

Use the Get It link to have physical materials delivered to your home, campus office, or another library. 

More information about Get It

Off-campus access to library resources

Current University students, staff and faculty should be able to get full text and online access to the University Libraries from anywhere. Here are three ways to access the library full text from off campus.

  1. Search the University of Minnesota library website. Log in with your UMN Internet ID and password to access resources.
  2. Log in using the U of M Virtual Private Network (VPN). You will need to download it VPN software to your computer from campus OIT (Office of Information Technology).
  3. Install the Libraries' Proxy Bookmarklet to your browser and click it to reload the page with your U of M login to get access to full text. Watch a proxy bookmarklet video (3 min) to learn more. 

View examples and learn more on our How to get to full text from on and off campus Guide.

Get materials we don't own or from our print collection (Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery)

Last Updated: Jan 25, 2024 10:35 AM