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October 10, 2018

New Learn to Research Videos Added to OSLIS => Now Have 13 for Elem & 15 for Secondary


As many of you know, OSLIS offers video tutorials about how to do research. Good news – there are 9 new tutorials for elementary students. That brings the total of elementary-level videos to 13 and secondary-level videos to 15. 

Topics Covered

The tutorials cover a wide variety of topics that relate to doing research. Examples include developing questions, building search strings, understanding what a library database is, why and how to cite sources, and more. See the screenshots below that list all of the topics. 

Closed Captioning & Transcripts

As with the previous videos, closed captioning and transcripts are available in English and Spanish. The embedded videos play from YouTube (formerly from Vimeo), but there are also links for each video on Vimeo and SafeShare. YouTube also offers auto-translate in many additional languages, including Chinese, Hebrew, Russian, and Vietnamese. The Video Help page on OSLIS explains how to access the closed captioning options in Vimeo and YouTube.  

Where to Find the Videos

The videos are linked or featured in several places in the Learn to Research section of OSLIS: 

  • Master lists of all of the videos are linked in the Resources box of every research step’s landing page. Recall that for secondary students, the research model includes 6 steps, and for elementary students, there are 4 steps. For example, see the Resources box on the Find step’s landing page (elementarysecondary). Don’t confuse the brief introductory video that is featured on each step’s landing page with the research videos linked in the Resources box.
  • The same master lists are available in the Teacher Content area near the bottom of the educator Learn to Research landing pages (elementarysecondary).
  • Individual videos are featured in the content area and/or in the Resources box of relevant sub-steps. 

Session about Videos at OASL Fall Conference

Going to be at the OASL Fall Conference this weekend? Two members of the OSLIS committee, Kate Vance and Molly Sloan, have a fun session planned for everyone interested in learning more about the videos. It will be interactive so an internet-connected device will be useful. Come to the world premiere video release party for a bit of Hollywood glamour and a lot of useful teaching tools. The session is on Saturday at 3:00 pm. 

Questions? Please ask. 


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
State Library of Oregon


Elementary Video Tutorials:

Screenshot of elementary videos

Secondary Video Tutorials:

 Screenshot of secondary videos