Librarian's Research Tips:
Start with some background reading. While it is tempting to start your research by identifying available research articles, this process will be very time-consuming if you have not read up on your topic.
Use some of the resources on this tab to help you locate books or websites about your topic. Books and quality websites (from organizations such as the CDC and Mayo Clinic) are a great starting point, as they provide:
- important keywords and terms
- great bibliographies of sources
- the names of important authors on that area of scientific research
Using this strategy, your search for information will result in a more thorough examination of the literature in less time!
After you have completed your background reading and developed a good list of keywords, you are ready to move onto finding Research Articles.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Need a book the library does not own?
You can request that book through Interlibrary Loan.
To search for books available in other libraries, try using
WorldCat -- Search the holdings of more than 10,000 libraries to locate books and identify citation information.
Library of Congress -- Access to the Library of Congress catalog and other online collections.
NOTE: Users do not need to identify a library that owns the book. Simply provide the appropriate information on the form and library staff will do the rest!