Here is a list of useful handouts for members of the Dominican College community. More will be added as the Sullivan Library workshops taken place, so check back frequently!
Quick Guide to EBSCOhost [ .doc ] Usually the first choice for finding journal articles through the Sullivan Library databases — regardless of your major! There are specialized databases for student in the health services fields, as well as for education, psychology and business.
Quick Guide to Ebrary [ .doc ] Ebrary has over 70,000 full-text electronic books available, cover to cover. This guide shows you how to view the books, how to quickly search within them, how to print out select pages, and more!
Quick Guide to LexisNexis [ .doc ] This database is useful for finding world and domestic news, legal information, and company information.
Quick Guide to ProQuest [ .doc ] This database is similar to EBSCOhost in what it offers (journal, magazine, and newspaper articles). The user-friendly searching style is more akin to Google. Give it a try today!
Quick Guide to PubMed [ .doc ] National Institute of Health’s archive of biomedical and life sciences literature contains about 21 million citations for the health science student. Note especially the clinical queries section on the home page.
Quick Guide to Serial Solution [ .doc ] If you have found a citation/summary for a journal article, but cannot find the full text (the actual article), try this handout. Serial Solution searches all of our databases to see which has access to the article you are looking for.
RefWorks See Citation Resources.
General Research Resources
Sullivan Library’s Research Log [ .doc || .pdf ] These blank database worksheets are useful for recording which databases you have visited, which search terms you used, and a notes field for anything useful you gathered from the search.
Sullivan Library’s Citation Log [ .doc || .pdf ] Record what items you have found during your research, including whether or not you have the item already or whether you need to request it from InterLibrary Loan.
Academic Research Made Easy [ .ppt ] This PowerPoint suggests useful research strategies for a student writing a paper. There is information on narrowing a topic into a research question, on constructing a thesis statement, and on where to find good sources for every step of the way. Also included are general tips such as creating an outline and looking up synonyms to help you in your searching. TIP: When printing, choose “Handouts” under “Print What” and choose 3 slides per page. This will give you room to write notes for each slide.
Quick Guide to Google Scholar [ .doc ] Information on using the Google Scholar to find journal articles, with limited full text available. NOTE: Knowledge of the Serial Solution database (above) is helpful in determining if we own the article that you have found or not.
Developing Your Search Terms [ .doc ] Worksheet to aid you with search strategies.
How to Read a Scholarly Article [ .doc ] Tips on what order you should read each section of a scholarly article in. HINT: You don’t start with the introduction! Also includes some study questions to ask yourself while looking at the article, to increase your understanding of what the author is talking about.
Narrowing the Topic into a Research Question[ .doc ] See examples of how to narrow down a broad topic into a research question — and then try it yourself!
Periodicals Comparison Chart [ .doc] This handout details the differences between popular magazines, trade and industry publications, and scholarly journals.
Primary vs Secondary Sources [ .doc ] One page worksheet describing the differences in primary and secondary sources, and hints on how to search for them in the library catalog or in internet search engines.
Using Boolean Operators in Searches[ .doc ] Learn how to search for more than one topic at the same time. For example: nursing homes AND dementia. The use of parentheses for more advanced searching forms is also discussed. For example: (teenager OR youth) and (jail OR prison).
EasyBib Guide [ .doc ] EasyBib.com is a citation service which Sullivan Library has a subscription for. Over 27 million students use this service to automatically format their APA and MLA citations, either by automatically finding the citation or by sending the student to the manual form to fill in the information needed. It shows you what the citation looks like while you are building it, teaching you how to do it yourself. This service also includes extras such as virtual note cards, citation guides for APA/MLA, and writing guides (brainstorming, outlining, and more).
APA 6th Guide [ .ppt ] Updated November 2012, this PowerPoint covers formatting your paper, citing your sources within the body of your paper, and working on your reference list.
MLA 7th Guide [ .ppt ] Updated November 2012, this PowerPoint covers formatting your paper, citing your sources within the body of your paper, and working on your works cited page.
Quick Guide to RefWorks 2.0 [ .doc ] RefWorks is a citation management program which helps you build your works cited/reference list pages with a few clicks of the mouse. You can either manually enter your citations (by filling in the author’s name, the article title, etc) or you can automatically export them from databases. Once all your citations are in RefWorks, you can click a button to create your bibliography.
RefWorks 2.0 Exporting From Databases [ .doc ] This short handout gives some tips about how to automatically export citations from many of Sullivan Library’s databases in preparation for creating your bibliography.
RefWorks 2.0 RefGrabIt [ .doc ] RefGrabIt is a tool available for IE/FireFox users of RefWorks. Once you set it up, you simple need to click a button and the citation information displayed on the browser screen (webpage, article, or book) will be imported into RefWorks.
RefWorks 2.0 Write’n'Cite [ .doc ] Write’n'Cite is a MS Word add-on that can be installed on both Windows or Mac. This program will format your in-text citations in the body of your paper from a list of sources.