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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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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)
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.