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Graduate Student Research Tips & Tricks: Research Tools & Support

Key Services & Support

Key Resources for Graduate Student Research

Find Theses & Dissertations:

For detailed information on the Thesis & Dissertations available through Fogler Library, the Thesis & Dissertations Research Guide is a great place to start. Below are some of the key databases outlined on the Thesis & Dissertations Guide:

  • University of Maine Dissertations & Theses

How to Access Articles

Having trouble accessing an article? When you hit a paywall or an error message, try the following:

  • Clear your browser's cache. This trick works well to clear up small technical issues. Find out more information about cached data here
  • Article Linker is a tool that can help you find the full text of an article you've discovered in one of our databases. See a tutorial for Article Linker here: Article Linker Tutorial
  • If none of the above works (or if Article Linker isn't showing up), you can directly access a journal by searching for the journal title in the URSUS Catalog. Open the catalog in a new window, then cut and paste the journal title in the search bar. Follow the links until you find the journal, and then search for the article title within the journal to access the full text. 
  • The LibX Toolbar can help you gain access to journals and databases when you aren't on campus or logged into the UMaine system. You can find more information in the LibX Toolbar box on this guide.
  • If we don't subscribe to a particular journal, you can see if there is a legally available, open access copy of the article by using the freely available UnPaywall database. Find out more information here: UnPaywall.
  • If you still have problems accessing the material you want, Ask a Librarian! We can help you figure out the next step. 

RefWorks & Citation Help

New RefWorks (RefWorks 4) is the latest iteration of Refworks from Proquest. It is a citation management tool that allows you to:

  • Store resources for papers and projects
  • Create citations of resources in your citation style of choice
  • Insert citations in your paper from your lists of citations
  • Create a bibliography/list of references at the end of your paper
  • Write and cite with Microsoft Word and Google Docs

Legacy RefWorks is the previous version of RefWorks that is expected to expire in 2018. 

Legacy RefWorks records are easily migrated into the New Refworks, but these are two separate tools -- separate accounts with separate logins. Ask a Librarian if you need  help making the transition!

Meet Your Subject Librarian

LibX Toolbar

LibX is a browser add-on for Firefox and Google Chrome. It facilitates access to Fogler Library resources from anywhere with an internet connection. 

Features of LibX:

  • Gain quick and easy access to e-journals, especially from off-campus, by reloading pages through the UMaine Library proxy.
  • Turn the web into a library catalog to find out if books on Amazon, Wikipedia, and other popular websites are available to borrow from Fogler Library.

Publishing Tools & Topics

Measuring Scholarly Impact

Scholarly impact can refer to several aspects of scholarly communication. Most commonly:

  • Journal Impact is the amount of times articles from a specific journal are cited combined with the number of articles that the journal publishes - this is known as the impact factor: http://www.sciencegateway.org/impact.
  • H-index measures scholarly impact at the author level - the amount of articles a scholar published combined with how many times those published articles are cited creates your h-index.
  • Eigenfactor is intended to measure the overall importance of a scientific journal. Similar to the journal impact factor, the Eigenfactor was developed to be a more robust tool, and considers how broad the journal's contribution is.

Finding Grants for Research or Creative Projects

Fogler has an online guide to finding funding for research and creative projects. You'll find proposal writing resources, open access publishing options (including Digital Commons and Maine Dataverse), and powerful grantseeking databases. Grantseeking workshops take place throughout the year - contact Jen Bonnet with any questions.

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