Library Orientation Handouts
The library is committed to helping you perform research successfully. Below, you will find a few handouts that may provide you with guidance when you are beginning a research assignment. If you would like to talk to a reference librarian, we are more than happy to help in person or online.
This is a basic overview of all of the services the library provides. Library hours, lending policies, and database logins are also reviewed.
Provides a general guide to research, including search methods, Boolean searching, and search limiters.
Subject Searching Guide
A guide to using a thesaurus or index to search for scholarly material.
Explains different ways to evaluate the sources you are using based on how recent, relevant, and reliable they are.
Sources Quick Guide
A guide to different types of sources available at the library, where you find them, and why you might want to use them. Books, journal articles, websites, and reference sources are included.
Electronic Book Guide
Discusses how to find and access our electronic book collection.
Finding Electronic Journals
Covers the difference between types of periodicals, including newspapers, journals, and magazines. Also explains peer reviewed, academic, popular, and professional sources.
Finding Historical Sources
Reviews finding primary and secondary sources about historical events. Finding books reviews is included.
Legal Research Cheat Sheet
Covers how to begin legal research, with a basic overview of different legal indexes and how to use Westlaw.
Discusses the basics of how to research and write a literature review.
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