Information Services Librarian
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Telephone (918) 449-6453
FAX (918) 449-6454
All the resources listed below may be accessed remotely 24/7 through the links listed below.
NSU John Vaughan Library
Web Page: http://library.nsuok.edu/index.html
NSU John Vaughan Library Web Page: http://library.nsuok.edu/index.html
Browse periodicals, professional web sites. Look for suggestions of needs for further research.
for a Call for Papers.
In your field, what doesn't make sense or what interests you?
As you read, narrow your topic.
Ways to narrow topic include geographically, by date, by specific interest group, by issue.
Do cross disciplinary studies.
1. Identify authors who are outstanding in their fields, determine the credentials of the author. Does the author
have a degree in the field, is the author a professor?
2. Date of publication--is it recent?
3. Does the publisher have a good reputation?
Is it published by a professional association or university press?
Is the journal refereed?
4. How was the book received by the critics?
5. Completeness of the material. Does it have an index, bibliography?
6. Is the language slanted or biased?
7. Does it include well known facts or research studies?
8. Do the links work?
1. State problem clearly. Identify desired outcomes. State level of research (speech, term paper,
2. Identify where you have already looked. If you have found one good source on the topic, bring it.
3. Identify type of resource that could answer the question.
4. List the subject area of discipline
5. If the reference collection is small, browse in the appropriate subject area by using the Library of Congress numbers.
6. Check standard lists or footpaths.
7. Ask for assistance.
Keyword vs. controlled vocabulary
Research tips for English students
Suggested Key-Word/ Subject Search Terms
One of the first steps in creating a research plan is to select “key words” which best describe the topic you plan to research.
If you are unfamiliar with the terminology you may wish to refer to sources such as textbooks, dictionaries, and other reference resources in the field of study. Contact your instructor if you are unsure if a particular topic is appropriate. It is usually wise to make sure if you are on target with your topic before you begin to spend much time researching a project.
1.) Key terms to use individually and in combination with
2.) Combine key words with Boolean operators (and, or, not). Poe and criticism, gothic and novel
3.) Phrase terms ie: literary criticism can be searched by placing the phrase in quotation marks “literary criticism”
Print format books are
available by searching the NSU online catalog.
Print format books are available by searching the NSU online catalog.
NSU Libraries Catalog: http://library2.nsuok.edu/
Arts and Letters Reference Sources by Sarah Brick Archer
Searches may be limited to just
You may access these ebooks at the following link: http://library.nsuok.edu/Refdesk/vrdbks.html
Article Databases and Indexes
Journal articles may be accessed through our various online databases available through the following link:
Articles and Databases page: http://library.nsuok.edu/Indexes/index.html
EbscoHost: (contains the following relevant databases. You may search multiple databases simultaneously)
the quality of Web sites:
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Bibliography and References Citation Format Guides:
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (MLA) Call # LB2369.G53 Reference
MLA Style Guides
Useful General Internet Search Engines
For access to other electronic indexes and databases that Northeastern State University offers, please visit:
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