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SU LibGuides - Information Resources - Research Guidance - Created by SU Librarians

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  • Save you time
  • Help you find the best materials
  • Help you become a better researcher 

  • Rosemary Green, Graduate Programs Librarian - 540-665-4634 OR
  • David McKinney, Librarian for Public Services at 540-665-5444 OR       
  • Cindy Thomas, Reference Librarian at 540-665-5421 OR 
  • Denise Blake, Health Sciences Librarian at 540-678-4350 OR

Considering the Research Process

1.  Topic Considerations

  • Select a topic which is interesting to you
  • Consult with your instructor if you have questions or difficulties

2.  Build a knowledge base using print and electronic reference books

  • Look for encyclopedias and dictionaries, and subject (one topic) encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • Use WebCat to locate print reference books.  Click here for a WebCat Quick Reference Guide

3.  Use digital and print books to learn more details about your topic

  • First try WebCat, our online catalog, for holdings at Shenandoah - includes E-Books
  • WorldCat - for finding books at other libraries

4.  Find articles to learn more about specific aspects of your topic

  • Each subject specific LibGuide will recommend databases for locating articles
  • Many databases provide fulltext, but some will only provide citations, or citations with abstracts

5.  Use free Internet sources with caution, and the approval of your instructor

6.  Critically evaluate all information

  • Consider timeliness and accuracy
  • Compare information from a variety of sources if necessary

Quick Reference Style Guides

AMA 10th Edition 2007

APA 5th Edition - 2001

APA 6th Edition, 2010

MLA 7th Edition, 2009

Turabian 7th Edition Adaptations

Subject Guide

David McKinney
Smith Library
First Floor by the Circulation Desk