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The University of Tampa Macdonald-Kelce Library

Introduction to Library Research

Begin here to start your research papers

Search the Library's Collection

 

 

Search resources including books, articles, and more.

 

 

Find Books and Articles using these steps

BOOKS ARTICLES

1) Look for books in the catalog

The library catalog searches books and articles at the same time. Search the box at the top of this page or on the library homepage, then click under Content Type --> "Book/eBook."

1) Look for articles in the catalog

The library catalog searches books and articles at the same time. Search the box at the top of this page or on the library homepage. Click under Content Type --> "Journal Article" or "Newspaper article" depending upon what you need. You can also refine by "Peer-Reviewed."

2) Check the Table of Contents and Index for key terms and concepts

Books are typically more comprehensive than scholarly articles, and there is usually a good chapter, essay, or even the introduction of a book that will be helpful to your research. 

2) Check subject headings and abstract for key terms and concepts

Always check the subject headings and read the abstract of an article to get a better understanding of what the thesis is.

3) Follow the bibliographic trails

Use the citations, also called the Bibliography/ Reference List/ Works Cited at the end of a book to locate more books or articles on your topic.

3) Follow the bibliographic trails

Use the citations, also called the Bibliography/ Reference List/ Works Cited at the bottom of an article to locate more books and articles on your topic.

4) Browse the shelf

Academic libraries use the Library of Congress Classification System. This alphanumeric organization clusters similar materials together. The perfect book may be on the shelf so take a moment to look around.

4) Use different sets of keywords to get new results

The words we use to search matters. Try more scholarly or different terminology to find the most relevant articles. Ask a librarian if you need help with this step.

5) Interlibrary Loan

If you can't find a particular book in this library, Interlibrary Loan it, and we can get it for you from another library. To see which library has the book, visit Worldcat.org. If it is in the Hillsborough Public Library system, sign up for a free library card to access their collection.

5) Interlibrary Loan

If you can't find the full-text of an article in this library, Interlibrary Loan it, and we can get it for you from another library.

Finding Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Log in to MyUTampa to search databases for peer-reviewed journal articles.

1) Recommended Databases to Start with: 

These are comprehensive multidisciplinary databases. Check the "scholarly peer review" limiter to ensure your results are retrieved from only scholarly journal sources.

2) Search the A-Z Database List for more databases

3) Research Guides will help

Check the library's Research Guides to find which subject-specific databases may be most appropriate for your research topic.

4) Is your source Peer-Reviewed?

Unsure if your article is peer-reviewed? Check the database Ulrichsweb to find out:

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