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McNair Scholars: Research Strategies

Checklist Before Starting Research

          Be sure I know my NetID & password

          Have $$$ on my MavID if using any on-campus printers

          Know my subject librarian & his/her contact info or help in general

          Know how to search in the online catalog for a book or journal title

        Recall a book checked out to someone else

        Retrieve a book or journal from the LCD (Library Collections Depository)

          Know how to get materials the library doesn’t have

        Create an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) account:​

          No charge, library receives & sends back book(s)

        Search WorldCat database:​

          To see if book or journal is available in a library in the Metroplex or elsewhere

          Consider getting a TexShare card

        To check out materials from other Texas libraries:​

          Patron responsible for returning book(s) to the TexShare library

          Know how to find the appropriate databases

        Subject and Course Guides:

        A-Z database listing:

          Know what citation style to use

        APA, MLA, CBE, ACS, Turabian, IEEE, AP…

          Create a RefWorks account

        Allows users to create their own personal database of references. These references can be used in writing bibliographies for papers and are automatically formatted for the paper and the bibliography according to selected output style.

Where to Start With An Idea For Research

          Select a topic and gather background information

        Dictionaries, encyclopedias, browse journals

        Build a vocabulary: keywords, subject headings, synonyms or related terms

          Do I need a primary (scholarly) or secondary (popular) source?

          Use resources to locate information on the topic

        Online catalog – books, journals, etc.

        Databases – articles, conference proceedings, reports

        A professional in that field

        Use authoritative websites on the Internet

          Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a search engine that allows users to search for scholarly materials on a topic.  Instead of searching the entire web (like Google), Google Scholar searches the scholarly literature provided by numerous academic publishers, professional societies, universities and scholarly organizations.

Search results include citations from peer-reviewed journals, theses, papers, books and technical reports.

For the most part, Google Scholar provides citation-only results.  The full-text of an article or book can be accessed by using the Find it @ UTA link.

If you are using Google Scholar off campus,  you will need to set your ‘Scholar Preferences’ to Univesity of Texas at Arlington.

          Start EARLY!!