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This guide will assist you in finding the literature written about your research topic, as well as guide you in managing and using the sources that you find.
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Assistance from an Expert

Try Research Assistance at the RAD, located between Starbucks and the Writing Center.  A more in-depth Research Cnsultation is also available.

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Gain access to library hours, databases, research guides, and more, as well as chat with a librarian,

Review the Primary Research Literature

One way to find a topic to research is to scan the available issues of Annual Reviews.  Read the article (chapter) titles and their abstracts. 

Each year, the most significant primary research literature is critically reviewed to guide you to the principal contributions of the field and help you keep up to date in your area of research.  

Follow up - Find Secondary Sources (Books and Journal Articles)

Use one of the Subject Research Guides to guide you in finding, accessing, managing, and organizing your sources.

 

Plan Your Search Strategy before Searching

Plan your search strategy carefully before you begin typing words. 

Do you want to start broad and then sift through lots of results?  Do you prefer starting with a small number of precise results, then use each article's list of article references to broaden retrieval?

Broad - Use All or Full Text search which looks throughout the record and full-text article

Less Broad - Use Keyword search limiting to title, abstract and subject headings

Most Precise (fewest results) Use Subject search limiting to subject headings

Start Smart - Use RefWorks

Spending the necessary time to learn RefWorks on the front-end will save you hours of work later!

Simply stated, RefWorks creates a near-perfect Bibliography/References/Works Cited page from the Library database citations that you import while researching a topic.  You only need follow-up in making minor adjustments. 

Additionally, the Write-n-Cite plug-in allows you to easily format your in-text citations using your imported references as you word-process your paper in Word.

 

Find Periodicals (Journals, Magazines and Newspapers)

Looking for a journal article that you saw listed in a source's references?  Use the search box below to see if APSU's Library has electronic or print access to the journal title.  Selecting "subject" will allow you to search for a list of journals by subject. 

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Scholarly Communication - Find out more

 

Off Campus Access

When you are off campus and you select a link to an online resource from the Woodward Library website, you will be prompted to provide your Last name (username) and "A number" (password) to login.

For more detailed information, go to the Off Campus Access guide. If you have any problems accessing resources from off campus, please contact us

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