Sunday, September 16, 2012

Research Guides: Like having the help of a research coach 24/7

Stressed about a paper you need to write this week? How about a paper you need to write tonight?

There's no need to struggle to find what you need when you get started on an essay or research paper.

The library has it covered -- not only by providing the help of research coaches throughout the week but also by creating and updating online research guides that can be found on the library's website.

Union University's librarians created and maintain topic-specific research guides that contain so much useful information it's mind-boggling.

But here's the best thing about research guides: They are designed with your specific needs in mind.

Not only are Summar Library's research guides designed to provide a wealth of information that gives you an edge but they also help to make the research process more efficient.

Each research guide -- from Business to Education to English and so many more -- provides a menu of tabs that range from "Databases" to "Useful Websites" to "Reference Resources" and much more.

Click one of the tabs to find listings of links to everything from the best places to find articles related to your topic to useful websites that can serve as a springboard for topical ideas.  

Need to write a paper about modern art? Having trouble narrowing down your topic? Visit the research guide for Art. When you click on the "Online Resources" tab, you will find a link to "Modern & Contemporary Art & Artists."

The link takes you to a site that lists famous artists, styles and techniques.

Click on the "Databases" tab and you'll find six links to the best databases on which to find articles about your topic.

And there's so much more to explore, just in this one research guide on art.

Considering that the library provides 28 research guides, each one updated frequently, you'll want to get started on that exploring.

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