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Undergraduate Research Programs: Library Research Guide


This guide is intended to help students of all disciplines achieve research outcomes that meet the citation and data management standards of research professionals.

What's in This Guide

Getting Started with Your Research: coming up with a research question, strategies ad tips tips for successful searching.

Using Internet for Your Research: limitations of web searching and Google Scholar; search widget for Google Scholar; tips on determining if a source is scholarly.

Using the Library: Online and Print Materials: getting connected to online resources; your library privileges and library hours.

Finding Research Articles in All Disciplines: search widgets for Summon, the library discovery tool, and major interdisciplinary databases; locating full text, and requesting articles not available at UC.

Finding Sources in Arts and Humanities: links to discipline-specific guides.

Finding Articles in Specific Science and Engineering Disciplines: major databases in disciplines from Biology to Physics.

Finding Sources in Social Sciences: links to discipline-specific guides.

Finding Books and Reference Materials and Data: search widgets for library catalogs, requesting materials not available at UC, connecting to online reference resources and data repositories.

Finding Images: image resources by subject; tips for finding images with Google Images.

Evaluating Sources: source evaluation criteria and practical tips for examining your sources.

Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism: citation basics and style guides, citation formatting and management tools.

Managing Your Data: data management best practices.

Presenting Your Research: Creating a Poster: poster design tips and instructions for creating a poster with PowerPoint 2013.

Workshops: redirect to the UC Libraries workshops registration page.

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