How Do I...?
Go to these step-by-step text tutorials for using key library services and resources.
Take this interactive tutorial to learn about various aspects of the research process. The complete tutorial takes approximately 22 minutes. You can select specific modules to help with your individual needs.
The five modules are: (1) Selecting a Topic, (2) Finding Sources, (3) Selecting Keywords, (4) Identifying Citations, and (5) Evaluating Sources. This tutorial was created with the collaboration of the Rutgers University Libraries and the following programs and offices of the New Brunswick/Piscataway Campus: Office of Undergraduate Education, Office of Academic Engagement and Programming, Writing Program, Honors Program, and University College Community.
Take this Rutgers University Libraries tutorial to learn about library and Internet research. It consists of the
following six modules: (1) Starting Smart, (2) Choosing a Topic, (3) Using the Library Catalog, (4) Finding Articles, (5) Using the Web, and (6) Citing Sources.
Each module can be completed in 20 minutes or less.
Communication Com201 Tutorial
The purpose of this tutorial created by Rutgers University Libraries is to provide guidance for students doing research in communication studies.
Information Technology and Infomatics ITI Library Tutorial
The purpose of this tutorial created by Rutgers University Libraries is to provide guidance for students doing research in information technology and informatics.
Nursing Information Literacy Tutorial
This narrated, Flash-animated
tutorial was created by Rutgers University Libraries and Rutgers College of Nursing for all
nursing students. The tutorial takes roughly 25 minutes to complete and contains advice and
The tutorial can also be used by anyone working on research in Nursing or related areas.
The Library Catalog
To learn more about our online catalog, consult the
the Library Catalog Guide.
CSA (e.g., ArtBibliographies Modern, Criminal Justice Abstracts, PAIS, Sociological Abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts)
Clicking on the tutorials link will take you to interactive tutorials, a list of helpful guides with tips, strategies, and tools for searching the indexes/databases using the CAS search engine. Topical
Discovery Guides provide a starting point for ideas and background for research topics.
For specific indexes and databases, look for the HELP information on the RU Libraries' description page for each title and for the HELP link after logging on to an index or database.
Writing and Citing Guides
Bedford St. Martin Research and Documentation Online (Website to accompany Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age, 4th ed.)
Provides information on citing sources in the humanities, social sciences, history, and sciences.
Cite Source Trinity College Library
Presents citation formats for the Chicago Manual of Style, The ACS Style Guide,
the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, and Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Citing Sources Trinity University
Instructions for using MLA (Modern Languages Association), APA (American Psychological Association), Chicago, ASA (American Sociological Association), or Turabian styles to cite standard and electronic sources. Also includes tips on using sources in a paper and creating an annotated bibliography.
The Owl at Purdue Purdue University
Provides a section "Research and Citation" that covers citation format information for
the American Sociological Association (ASA) style, Chicago Manual of Style,
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Citation Formatting Tools
RefWorks [Rutgers Restricted]
A web-based research management tool that allows you to import references from many
electronic databases and catalogs, include citations in your paper, build a
bibliography using a variety of citation styles, and create a bibliography in a
choice of formats.
With video tutorials.
NCSU Libraries Citation Builder (APA, MLA, CSE)
Generates bibliographic citations in APA, MLA, or CSE format based on information you enter into a web form.
Son of Citation Machine (APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian)
Generates bibliographic citations in APA, MLA, Chicago, or Turabian format based on information you enter into a web form.
A free, open-source research management tool that is a Firefox add on.
It enables you to collect, manage, and cite research sources.
To get started go to the
Zotero Quick Start Guide.
Rutgers University Libraries Toolbar
Rutgers University Libraries Toolbar is a free Firefox browser extension that provides a drop-down menu to library resources, embedded library links on certain popular web pages such as Amazon.com, and new functionality to the "right- click menu" of your mouse.
Popular vs. Scholarly Journals
Distance Education Students