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CSDN 103: Knowledge by Design Seminar

  1.   What is a Research Guide?

​A list of recommended tools used to discover information on a topic. Liaison librarians create guides for their assigned University programs

  1. Multdisciplinary Databases
  2. Reference Sources 
  3. Research Methods
  4. Professional Associations
  5. Undergraduate Research
  6. Fellowships and Grant Funding
  7. Borrow From Other Libraries

Multdisciplinary Databases

When your research interest spans disciplines, try using a unified search engine (Summon, Google Scholar) or a multidisciplinary database. Here are a few good ones:  

  • Provides extensive coverage of US and world newspapers, professional/trade publications, tv and radio broadcast news transcripts and blogs 
  • Web of Science (ISI) - ELECTRONIC

    The interface for access to the ISI Citation databases: Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index, and Social Science Citation Index.

  • Summon - ELECTRONIC

    A resource discover layer which allows users to search all subscribed resources. Users can narrow their searches by subject using the menus on the left hand side of the screen.

  • Google Scholar - WWW Specialized search engine for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Clicking on a source title listed in Google Scholar results will not lead you to free full text access to the source. Click the GetIt@Drexel link near the source record to access the full text through one of the Libraries' subscription resources. From off-campus, add Drexel University in the Library Links in Google Scholar Preferences.

Reference Sources

  • Search the DU Libraries Onlince catalog
  • a database of over 600 reference books covering various disciplines.

  • AccessScience — ELECTRONIC  7100+ articles, hundreds of Research Updates in all areas of science and technology updated daily. Weekly updates of breakthroughs and discoveries in science and technology, a science dictionary, and links to related websites

Research Methods

When designing a research proposal, you will need to identify your planned methods of inquiry. 

  • SRMO is a powerful research methods tool, linking SAGE?s renowned research methods content with sophisticated search tools to help researcher answer their research methods questions like never before. The site contains 504 book titles, including the entire QASS (aka Little Green Book) series, 6 dictionaries, 4 encyclopedias and a Major Work containing journal articles. They also have a visual Methods Map tool and playlist functionality called SRMO Lists.

Professional Associations

To find job postings, professional development opportuntiies, current research trends and issues in your field, you can look to professional associations - many of which publish  trade (professional) journals.

  • Contains information for approximately 460,000 international and U.S. national, regional, state, and local nonprofit membership organizations in all fields, including IRS data on U.S. 501(c) nonprofit organizations.

  • Gateway to Associations - WWW
    Directory services provided by the American Society of Association Executives
  • DU Libraries Career Guides - WWW
    View a listing of professional associations in your field of interest. 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Publish or Perish is a common phrase you will hear when discussing research and the academy. Get started as an undergraduate!

Fellowships and Grant Funding

Graduate school and research both require $ ...Where can you look? 

  • COS Funding Opportunities is a compiled database of available opportunities for grants, fellowships, prizes and other type of funding. It is an extensive database with opportunities for recipients anywhere in the world, working in any discipline. Opportunity sponsors come from the public and private sector, including local, state and national governments, foundations and societies, and corporations.

  • Grant Watch - ELECTRONIC

    GrantWatch.com posts federal, state, city, local and foundation grants on one website, categorized by type and updated daily. All our grants are current and expired grants are archived daily. Members can sign up for free to receive a weekly email of new grants posted. Members can also tour our archives for free. To view complete details of new and current grants, including the complete application, there is a low subscription rate. All posts on GrantWatch.com include the important grant information, full applications, deadlines and contact person information.

  • GrantsNet.org - ELECTRONIC

    A searchable database of funding opportunities in biomedical research and science education.

  • Grants.gov - ELECTRONIC

    Grants.gov is a database designed so that seekers of Federal grants to electronically find, apply for, and manage grants.

Borrow from Other Libraries

  • Books: If the Drexel Libraries does not own a book you want, borrow it from another library through E-Z Borrow. The service is fast, easy, and free.
  • Articles: Use ILLiad for articles not owned by the Libraries, either electronically or in print (similar to EZ-Borrow for books). Requires a one-time registration setup. The service is fast, easy, and free.

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