Videos to flatten the (learning) curve

Due to COVID-19, library closures around the world are making typical access to print material more difficult, if not impossible. These videos and others on our YouTube channel can help you find electronic items that might normally be found in print, as well as the essential library services you've always relied on (e.g. Interlibrary Loanresearch appointments with a librarian).

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Available Videos

Finding Primary Source Material Online

This tutorial provides suggestions on how to find primary source materials online. Led by a University of Rochester Librarian, it shows how to find online historical items in UR's library databases, as well as through Google. 

Locating Hard-To-Find Journal Articles Online

As the physical aspects of libraries worldwide have closed their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, library users are finding it more difficult to access the materials they need. This video spotlights a few additional strategies for accessing that hard-to-find journal article in electronic full-text.

Using Kanopy to Stream Videos & Movies at the University of Rochester

This tutorial explains how to access the Kanopy database in order to stream movies and videos. The video provides step-by-step instructions on logging onto Kanopy through the U of R libraries, searching and browsing for materials, and requesting materials. 

Finding Ebooks in University of Rochester's Library

This tutorial explains how to find and access ebooks in the University of Rochester's library collection.  Led by a UR librarian, this video provides tips on how to search for ebooks by topic, as well as how to access the library's discipline-specific ebook collections.

How to Find a Book in the Rush Rhees Stacks

Led by a University of Rochester librarian, this tutorial shows tips (and a little bit of Rush Rhees history)  on how to understand and navigate the stacks to find the books you're looking for.


For additional videos, please visit the #RCLatHome playlist on YouTube