Research Tools

The Library Learning Commons at LWTech is your center for research on campus. We provide services and tools that can help you start your research assignment and also fortify your research skills in general. View our individual pages to get the help you need, and never hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions or would like to schedule a one-on-one tutorial with a librarian.

Citation Guides & Tools

 

Citations (references to other works in your research) are invaluable to both you as the author and your audience/readers. This list contains information to help you properly cite your sources in APA, MLA, and other styles. Below you will also find tools for generating and managing your references and citations.

Online Citation Tools: automatically format source information

  • EasyBib: create a works cited in MLA style
  • NoodleTools: create a reference page in various styles like MLA and APA, notecards, annotations, etc.
  • Zotero: capture research as you go, organize, and cite in a variety of formats

APA Style Guides

MLA Style Guides

Other Guides

Paper Checkers

Video Tutorials

Database Tutorials

There are a variety of ways you can get help with using research databases. We highly recommend using official tutorials when available (listed with links below). We also have several in-house video tutorials created by librarians, available to view on our YouTube page. If you need additional help with a specific research database, please contact us and we will be more than happy to provide you with training.

Plagiarism Guide

Plagiarism: What it is and how to prevent it

Plagiarism is defined by Merriam Webster as "The act of using another person's words or ideas without giving credit to that person." At LWTech, committing acts of plagiarism is a serious offense and can be a detriment to your status as a student and your enrollment with the college. The library is committed to ensuring students, faculty, and other members of the academic community at LWTech get the resources and support needed when dealing with plagiarism. In addition to offering citation support [link to citation page] and providing instructional sessions for academic courses, librarians have compiled a list of "plagiarism prevention" resources. This list is updated regularly with new resources.

Learn About Plagiarism

Plagiarism Exercises

Plagiarism Checker

  • Paperrater Check for plagiarism, grammar, and more.

Web Evaluations

Do you know who made that website and why? The LWTech librarians are committed to bringing you the tools and support students and faculty need to understand how to properly evaluate web resources in the 21st century. Please check out our web evaluation matrix sheet below.

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is an amazing resource providing video instruction on countless tech-related topics. LWTech students and faculty have access to Lynda.com by association with the college. Follow the directions below to create your Lynda.com account.

  1. Visit lynda.com/email-signup.
  2. You will arrive at a screen prompting you to type in your email. Type in your lwtech email address and Submit. (ex:doe@lwtech.edu)
  3. After you Submit, you will see a Welcome prompting to go to your LWTech email box.
  4. Go to your LWTech email and find the “Create your lynda.com profile” email. In that email, click on the “Follow this link”.
  5. The “Follow this link” will take you to the following screen, where you will click “No, I’ve never had an account.”
  6. Type in your first name, last name and create your own password. As the box states, it must contain at least six characters and a number. Click Create My Profile.
  7. You are one click away from browsing the lynda resources! Click “start exploring the library”. You can now browse the lynda.com resources by selecting from the dropdown menus to search by Subject, Software, Author. Or, type in the Search box a topic you’d like instructional videos on.
  8. Just remember to logout upon completion of your session.

Note: On your next login to lynda.com, you will be prompted to select from the “Program of Study” box. Students: Select your program from the list, or select “Other Program” if not listed. Staff/Faculty: Select LWTech Employee

Need Additional Help with Lynda.com? Contact the IT Help Desk.

Other Campus Resources

Explore other campus resources for help with classes and college life: