Online tutorials/learning materials
LETS - Library E-Tutorial for Students
LETS is a suite of online interactive tutorials designed to help develop students’ information literacy skills.
Developed by DCU Library’s team of Subject Librarians the tutorials employ a variety of media (text, videos, quiz questions) and are specifically tailored to the DCU student context.
LETS consists of 10 short tutorials in which students learn how to locate, evaluate and use information in an effective and ethical manner. On completion of the entire set of tutorials students will:
- know about different types of information sources they will be using while studying in DCU, be able to explain the differences between them and the advantages of each
- understand how to interpret module reading lists and locate books and journal articles in the Library
- know how to run simple and more advanced searches using the Library's (journal) databases
- find scholarly articles using the Find Articles tab on the Library homepage
- use Google Scholar and become familiar with our tips and tricks for better Web searching
- be able to find the most appropriate, high-quality information they need for their assignments
- understand what plagiarism is and the importance of always acknowledging the work and ideas of others
- paraphrase or quote information in assignments correctly by citing sources using the correct citation style
- develop a reference list or bibliography of sources used using the correct citation style
- be aware of the benefits of reference management tools and how to use Zotero
Hosted on Loop, LETS is openly available to all students to work through at their own pace but you may wish to embed LETS into your modules as additional online learning support or even as a compulsory element. In addition to the 10 tutorials there is an optional quiz that can be used for summative assessment of the key learning outcomes.
Please contact your Subject Librarian to find out how you can fully harness the benefits of embedding LETS in your courses.
Online Learning Material
In addition to our LETS tutorials, we have developed a number of online learning materials to support the development of student’s information literacy skills and encourage students to become confident independent researchers.
We have produced a number of video tutorials on various topics. Some highlights include:
- Understanding your reading list (3:10)
- How to search a database (3:18)
- Getting started with Zotero Reference Manager (10:24)
Check out our YouTube channel to see the full range
Our Subject Librarians have developed Library Guides that pull together the key sources relevant to a particular subject area.
Other useful resources at DCU:
In support of the university’s Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policy, the Library has developed a number of useful resources to help students understand plagiarism and the importance of correctly citing and referencing their sources.
All resources can be viewed on the Citing & Referencing page, which include:
Videos and Online Tutorials
- The LETScite section of our LETS tutorial covers all aspects of avoiding plagiarism and citing & referencing.
How to Videos
- Cite & Reference to avoid Plagiarism (6.37)
- How to cite & reference using:
- APA style, 7th ed (4:26)
- Harvard style. (3:58)
- IHS style (7.57)
- MHRA style (with footnotes) (8:45)
- MHRA style (author - date system) (6.06)
- MLA style (5.11)
- OSCOLA style (7.30)
- Vancouver style (5.14)
CiteThemRight - Online style guide which shows how to format references and citations for many different sources (books, e-books, online articles, websites, etc.) in a number of styles including Harvard, APA 6th and 7th editions,Chicago, IEEE, MHRA, MLA, and OSCOLA.