Library Tutorials

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SPOT is a structured series of tutorials that support Research and Writing

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Start off your research project on the right foot! This lesson will give you the tools to know how to understand your assignment, plan out your research, and get started.

Time to complete: 45 - 60 minutes

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Finding & Evaluation Sources

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Learn to get high-quality, scholarly articles from discipline-specific databases and the journals they search, critically evaluate them and use them with purpose.

Time to complete: 45 - 60 minutes

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Drafting & Revising

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This self-paced module teaches you how to gather your research and present it in a clear and concise manner. 

Time to complete: 45 - 60 minutes

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Proofreading & Editing

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Finish and cleanup of your paper, creating a work that effectively communicates with your reader. 

Time to complete: 45 - 60 minutes

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Documenting & Citing

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Learn how to make citations to responsibly use the work of others, share your own work and establish your academic integrity. 

Time to complete: 45 - 60 minutes

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Library Tutorials are managed by a small group of teaching and learning professionals at Western Libraries.


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Time to complete: 15 - 20 minutes

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Research writing for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) has unique conventions suited to those disciplines and traditions. Learn more with this tutorial.

Time to complete: 45 - 60 minutes