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Research & Writing Lab: Tutorials

Develop excellent research and writing skills with the help of librarians.

Learn to Research & Write

Whether you have some knowledge of research and writing, or you have never done either before, this is the place for you! Watch these tutorials for information on how to structure a paper, find sources, avoid plagiarism, and much more.

These tutorials may best benefit middle school and high school aged students. They are previously recorded classes that were given live online.

Meet Your Instructors:

Shalis Worthy is the Special Collections Archivist at the Downtown Huntsville Library. She has a Master's degree in Library Science and has taught at Athens State University. Shalis has worked at the library since 2015.

Heather Adkins is the Manager of the Special Collections Department at the Downtown Huntsville Library. She has a Master's degree in Public History and has worked in archives for twelve years. Heather has worked at the library since 2018.

Both Shalis and Heather greatly enjoy research and are excited to share their knowledge with you!

Tutorial 1

"So You Want to Write a Research Paper..."
Deciding on a research topic; narrowing your focus; and drafting a research plan

Tutorial 2

"Fantastic Resources and Where to Find Them"
Finding solid resources; and assessing resources, including analyzing author's credentials and biases.

Tutorial 3

"The Art of Using YOUR Words"
Discussing plagiarism and academic honesty; and keeping up with your sources and citing them.

Tutorial 4

"Resource Librarians and the Mystique of Local History"
Introduction to the library's resources and other online databases for local history research.

Tutorial 5

"Like a PB&J, We're Putting It Together"
Structuring a paper; pulling your research together; and Q&A.