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Self-Paced Instruction and Tutorials

The following are self-paced instruction and tutorials for use by libraries and information schools worldwide in the teaching of effective and efficient information access, search and retrieval. These resources have been developed as an educational effort by the member organizations of NFAIS.

Access Innovations

American Psychological Association

  • Tutorials - Tutorials, most closed-captioned, demonstrating search techniques on all major vendor platforms
  • Presentation Archive - PowerPoint presentations from conference and webinar training sessions

CAS - A Division of the American Chemical Society

EBSCO Publishing

  • Tutorials - A repository of Adobe Flash tutorials (with audio) for end-users and library administrators, covering topics from EBSCOhost Basic Searching through how to set up a profile in EBSCOadmin. Most tutorials are from three to four minutes in length.



  • Tutorials - ERIC provides brief animated tutorials to help searchers take advantage of the many features offered on the ERIC web site. ERIC is continuing to develop tutorials on a variety of help topics
  • Author Search - Brief tutorials on searching for authors in the ERIC database: Author Search Using Full Name; Author Search Using Last Name; Author Search for Multiple Authors.
  • Citation Management - Brief tutorial on using and saving citations in ERIC
  • Descriptor Searching - Brief tutorials on Combining Descriptors; Finding the Right Descriptor; Keyword vs. Descriptor Search
  • Field Code Search - Defines field code and how to use them in searching ERIC
  • Full Text Searching - Tutorials describing availability of full text in ERIC: Is full text available from ERIC? And Other Sources for Full Text
  • Advanced Search Features - Tutorials on the following strategies: Phrase Search; Truncating Terms in a Search; Using a Wildcard in a Search.
  • Results Management - How to refine and manage your results: My ERIC; Removing Terms from a Refined Search; Search Results; Using RSS Feeds in ERIC

NIH/National Library of Medicine


  • ABI/INFORM and ProQuest Business Databases - 5-6 minute tutorials on searching, results management, and creating RSS feeds with self testing. (Also in German.)
  • Dow Jones Factiva
  • Functions - Creating a RSS feed and creating a Search Widget on the Illumina Platform
  • Know UK - 8 minute tutorials, including a "test your learning" section, on quick and advanced search, Life Events, browsing, and Local Information.
  • ProQuest Medical Databases - 5-6 minute tutorials on searching, results management, and creating RSS feeds with self testing. (Also in Spanish.)

Thomson Reuters - Web of Knowledge

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