This course guide will direct you to the appropriate library materials that will be useful in discovering resources appropriate for your research paper.
This library guide will provide you with an overview of the resources available to you when researching your topic at the USF Libraries. It will direct you to the proper sources to efficiently and effectively find the information you need and to use the resources properly.
Think about your topic. Brainstorm with yourself! What are some possible subject terms you could use to search for resources about your topic? Try them. Review your results. Are you finding what you need?
Here is a basic check-list of "things to do" when conducting research:
- Attend a Research Rescue Workshop
These workshops are geared to help you learn more about how to navigate library resources efficiently and effectively.
- Obtain a RefWorks account
Obtain a RefWorks account so that you can manage your citation information for your research project. View the RefWorks tutorials to learn more about RefWorks.
- Search USF Libraries Catalog
Look here for books, journals, media and other materials to identify if the library has materials about your topic.
- Search the databases
Identify and search appropriate databases for your topic.
- Search WorldCat
Search WorldCat to identify additional resources owned by other libraries that may be useful for your research.
- Submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Use ILL to borrow materials from another library that are important for your research and USF Library does not own.
- Consult with a Librarian
For additional assistance, consult with a librarian who can steer you in the right direction.
- Go to the Writing Center
The Writing Center offers assistance to any student who wants to improve his or her writing skills. It is a place for writers of all skill levels to take chances, ask questions, and further develop their writing abilities.