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Why Research?

Why Research?


Research is where an individual or group has investigated something.  Research provides the latest evidence on a given topic.

Additionally, it may be required to use by professors.

Journal vs. Magazine

Journal or Magazine?

How can you tell the difference?  The chart below compares journals and magazines in a number of different ways.

Video Tutorials

Video Tutorials


Short videos have been created on how to use OneSearch and library databases.


Where Do You Find Research?

Where Do You Find Research?


Research can be found in OneSearch, library databases, the library catalog, and Google Scholar.


  • OneSearch is located in the middle of the library homepage.  More effective and efficient searches are done by using the Advanced Search.

Library Databases

  • Some of the library databases cover a wide variety of subject, but the majority of them cover specific subject areas. 
  • If you know the name of the database, you can find it in Databases A-Z.  If you are unsure which database to use for your subject, refer to the box below or go to Databases by Subject.

Library Catalog

  • Individual articles can't be located using the catalog, but any journal we have access to can be identified using the catalog.

Google Scholar

  • The best way to use Google Scholar is to access through our library homepage to gain more access to articles compared to going to Google Scholar directly.  It can also be found here.

How Do You Read Research?

How Do You Read Research?


Research is often long (10-20 pages) and difficult to read.  To quickly read a research article that is outside of your discipline, read only the following sections of an article and skip the rest of the article:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography*

*Skim the bibliography for additional sources you can use.


Dig Deeper into Databases

Dig Deeper into Databases

OneSearch! is a great place to start your research, but it doesn't always get exactly what you need. 

If you are in search of something more subject specific, consider trying the following subject-specific databases. 

These can be found in the Databases A-Z list or you can click on the names below.  In most cases, try the databases in the order that they are listed.








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