Research Assistance

Durham Tech librarians created a series of short video tutorials to help students utilize library resources.

Introduction to the Library

View the Intro to the Library video about what the library offers.

Search the Library

Learn how to use Search Library to find books, articles, videos, and more, all in one place. Librarians Stephen Brooks and Courtney Bippley have created a five-minute introduction to using Search Library. Watch Search Library Instructional Video.

Academic Integrity & Plagiarism Tutorial

The Academic Integrity & Plagiarism Tutorial is self-paced and has eight lessons, divided into smaller sections. After completing these lessons, you should be able to describe in your own words what academic integrity, academic dishonesty, and plagiarism mean; explain unintentional plagiarism, self-plagiarism and how procrastination can lead to plagiarism; tell the difference between common knowledge and "expert" knowledge, understand how to cite, quote, paraphrase, and more.

At the end of all the lessons, there is a short assessment in which you can demonstrate what you have learned. When you score at least 80 points (out of 100) on the final assessment, you can choose "Certification" on the menu to save or print your certificate.

If you need help using the tutorial, please contact the Center for Academic Excellence or the Library.

Search Using Keywords

View this short video about developing, expanding, and searching with keywords.


Watch a five-minute video about finding and using ebooks, provided by librarian Tracey Callison.

Finding Primary Resources

Learn how to find primary resources through library databases in a short video tutorial provided by Courtney Bippley.

Research Guides

Research Guides provide research assistance, subject guides, and other useful resources compiled by Durham Tech librarians. Watch a short video, provided by Rachel McCaskill, about how to use Research Guides. Go to Research Guides

ProQuest Research Companion

ProQuest Research Companion provides brief video tutorials about how to find, evaluate, and use information. You only need to login if you wish to complete the self-check and review questions. The videos are listed to the left on each web page. Use ProQuest Research Companion

CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher provides in-depth reports written by journalists about current and controversial topics. Here is a six-minute introduction to using CQ Researcher, provided by librarian Stephen Brooks. Watch CQ Researcher introductory video.