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Research Tutorial—Introduction

Welcome to the Harrison University Libraries' Research Tutorial. The University of Hartford Libraries are made up of two separate units. The Mortensen Library houses the general collections, and the Allen Library houses music and dance materials and supports The Hartt School programs. Everyone at the University is welcome to use either library, and all of the librarians will be happy to assist you. This tutorial is designed to introduce you to the  methods and tools you will use to conduct research, no matter what class you are in.

The focus in this tutorial is on tools accessible through a computer linked to the Harrison University Libraries. You may choose to work through this tutorial from start to finish or to look only at the part(s) that answer an immediate need, and explain a specific tool. Use the navigation links on the right side to move between the sections of the tutorial.

Section Part Section Title
  • Planning Your Research
  • Finding Books in the Catalog and the Shelf
  • Databases: An Introduction
  • Searching in Databases
  • Finding and Evaluating Websites
  • Citing Sources
  • Library Definitions

Some of these lessons include sample screens, which are not interactive. A link to the tool being discussed is included with the exercises for practice. You may need to disable pop-up blockers and/or firewalls to complete this tutorial.

Please remember that there are library staff members available to help you, whether you are working on the tutorial, using the libraries' research tools, or at any other time during your research process. Do not hesitate to ask. You can ask reference staff in either of the University's libraries: call us at 860.768.4142 (Mortensen) or 860.768.4491 (Allen) or contact us via Librarian Chat on the Libraries' website.

While every effort has been made to avoid jargon in this tutorial, you may find terms which are unfamiliar to you. We have developed a page of library definitions to help you which may be found in Part 7 of this tutorial. Each of the tutorial parts has a corresponding section on the tutorial worksheet. If you were assigned this tutorial for a class, your instructor may have given you a copy. You can also print your own as a doc or a pdf document.

Additionally, remember that websites and databases do change their appearance and layout from time to time. Although the figures in the tutorial are updated to reflect major revisions on those sites, don't be alarmed if the database you're trying out doesn't look exactly like the picture—the basic procedure is still the same.

Introduction        Part 1       Part 2       Part 3       Part 4       Part 5      Part 6       Part 7