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Embedded LibGuides by Meika Matook

Library Resources

 

    Hi, everyone! I am so happy to be serving as your library liaison!! 

Think of me as your research partner... I can assist you with finding articles, developing a research topic, citing sources... you name it!   

If you ever want to meet with me for specialized research assistance, you can schedule a research appointment. The JWU librarians and I are available for research appointments in-person, over the phone, and online. We would be more than happy to help you! 

Meika Matook | mmatook@jwu.edu|  401-598-5113

Looking for immediate research assistance? Chat or Text us!   

Which library databases should you use? 

My recommendations:

How to Start a Search: 

Step 1: Think about your research topic/question

Step 2: Extract the main keywords/concepts

Step 3: Input each of the words into the search lines. Click 'Search'!

  • Example Research Question: How does social media affect mental health?
  • Search Terms: Social Media (and) Mental Health 

Bonus Step: Select search limiters (left side of screen)

  • Full Text
  • Scholarly/Peer Reviewed

Your search page will look similar to this! .... 


Narrowing a Search / Preventing Information Overload 

improve your results by adding another term to your search 

Pro Tip 1:

  • Use the Database Thesaurus. Click "subject thesaurus," then click "show more"
  • It provides an extensive list of terms/themes that relate to your main topic.
  • Once you select a term, it will automatically be added to your search.  

Pro Tip 2:

  • Read the "subjects" terms listed under each result.  
  • Make a list of the keywords that relate to your research. You can individually input them as search terms. 

Your search page will look similar to this! .... 

 

MLA Basics

  • In-text Citations: (Author's last name and the page number). Period after the in-text citation. 
    • Example: “There is a significant relationship between auditors’ assessments of the relevance and reliability of reported information and their attitudes to creative accounting” (Ionescu 161).
    • Need more help? Click here!
  • General paper format:
    • Times New Roman
    • 1-inch margins 
    • double spaced 
    • indent each new paragraph
    • Need more help? Click here!
  • Works Cited page:
    • last page
    • double spaced
    • citations listed in alphabetical order
    • hanging indents
    • appropriate citation format for each source type (i.e. book vs. article)
    • Need more help? Click here! 
  • ‚ÄčHow to Cite an Interview!

 

The JWU Writing Lab is open for online appointments.

Whether you're just getting started or need final editing advice, writing coaches are super kind and trained to help you at any stage of the writing process. 

Top Tips for Working with the Writing Lab:

  1.    Book an appointment by phone: 401-598-1785  
  2.    Book an appointment online via USucceed: In jwulink, click Academics tab,  Academic Support Services.

For 24/7 free online revision feedback, submit your paper to Smarthinking. Look for the link in jwuLink, under the Academics tab, under Academic Support Services.