Student Services Librarian
1. Topic/Research Question: What do you already know? What do you want to investigate?
2. Five Sources: What types of information would inform your thinking?
|Types of Sources:||Research Tool:|
|Ebooks, Books & Book Chapters||UC Davis Library Catalog|
|Scholarly Journal Articles (academic audience)||Databases (via Subject Guides)|
|Magazine and Newspaper Articles (general audience)||Databases (via Subject Guides)|
|Government Publications, University (Department) Websites, Videos||Commercial Search Engines, e.g. Google, DuckDuckGo, YouTube|
3. Search: What has been published in credible sources?
4. Analyze/Refine: Revision is part of the research (and writing) process!
Books (and book chapters) can be incredibly helpful sources for framing and contextualizing your topic.
KEYWORDS (Any Field)
Examples: “graduate school” AND (applic* OR admission*), <your profession> AND “vocational guidance, e.g. “data science” AND “vocational guidance”, “urban ecology” AND “climate change”, “city planning” AND “climate change”
Past examples: bitcoin OR blockchain, “study abroad”, music AND (emotion* OR “psychological effect”), spacex, “diabetes mellitus” AND nursing, eczema, “healthcare disparities”, “virtual reality” AND (marketing OR commerce OR business)
SEE ALSO: Health Sciences eBooks
If you are doing your research from off-campus, follow the instructions to set up the library’s VPN (virtual private network), Pulse Secure, so you can access journal articles, books and book chapters.
See also: Multidisciplinary Resources
What is Peer Review? (pdf)
Chat, Email, or Make An Appointment with a Librarian (for assistance with your research)
Make an Appointment with a Writing Specialist or Tutor or Submit Writing for Feedback (for feedback on your draft)