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Amandajean Nolte
LIB 370

Citing and Organizing

Your research paper must follow APA 7th edition guidelines. Use your resources to conform to these guidelines correctly. 

Resources for Workshop (Fall 2021)

Get Started on Your Research Paper

In TESOL 6299, you will be(gin) working on the research paper required for graduation. In order to create scholarship, a scholar must enter into conversation with the experts that came before them. This requires being able to locate, consume, and make meaning of information. This guide will help guide your process in locating effective resources and using them ethically.

Search Databases

Databases allow you to search lots of content at once. Unfortunately, each database contains different published content depending on its scope.

Browse Discipline-Specific Journals (not indexed in our databases)


Other Resources to Know

Interlibrary Loan (is your friend)

Contrary to what Google would have you believe, most information is not free. Rod Library pays a lot of money for the resources you access through our databases, unfortunately, budgets never go as far as we wish they would. If we do not have access to the material you need, our Interlibrary Loan staff will try to get it for you. 

In addition to filling out the form, many of our databases include a yellow "Find It" button. yellow find it button

This button will sometimes open the article's full-text from another product to which we subscribe. However, if we do not have full-text access, it will take you to a library catalog (OneSearch) screen where you can "Request from ILLiad."

NOTE: You must sign in to your Rod Library account using your CatID to see this option in the library catalog.

Google Scholar (may or may not be)

Rod Library Google Scholar search bar

Google Scholar is a wonderful tool for your toolbox, but like any other tool, it cannot be the only one you use. Use Google Scholar with eyes wide open and 

  1. access it through the Rod Library homepage to also access UNI-accessible PDFs.
  2. evaluate the results (including checking the journal's credibility in which the article was published).
  3. Use it IN ADDITION to other databases, not in replacement of them. 
  4. do not pay for research! Utilize ILL or email your librarian for help.