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Help finding resources for your research.

How to Use this Guide

Use the tabs at the top of the page to select the type of material you need to find.  Each page lists databases and resources you can use to find them.

If you need help, check out a tutorial or send me a question.

Library Skills Tutorials

There are three basic tutorials you must read, in order to find your way around library research. If you haven't already seen them, take a few minutes now.

For more tutorials, see the Library Tutorials page.

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Getting Started

Before you start searching, you should know what you want to find. The type of information you want determines where you look:

The keywords you select will affect what you find. Plan where you want to search and what terms you will search for. The plan may change as you find results and learn from them.

Course textbooks and Reserve readings are often a great place to start. They provide background reading and often include a bibliography. Check to see what's already available for your course. The list of reference books under the "Books" tab may also offer helpful background reading and bibliographies.

We have a set of 3 online tutorials that will get you started with your research. You should read these tutorials before trying to do your research - it will save you time and frustration.

APA Formatting Help

Here are some online resources to help you with your APA formatting. 

Also, ProQuest databases and Scholars Portal offer the option to click on "Cite" for records you find to get an APA formatted citation you can paste into your References list.

Formatting a Word Document for APA

This 91/2-minute video walks you through the settings in Word.

Watch this video on YouTube.  There's a template there you can download.

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I will be out of the office from Thursday, October 18th to Wednesday, October 31st. Please e-mail for assistance.

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