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Research Tools & Support

Use the Graduate Student Tips & Tricks Research Guide to:

  • Find your Subject Librarian to request a Research Consultation
  • Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery
  • Choosing & using Citation Managers
  • Video Tutorials for using library resources
  • Creating & printing Conference Posters
  • Research Data Management

Publishing - Scholarly Communications

The following sites give advice on publishing your work and keeping track of who cites that work. 

Subject Guides

Tips for Conducting a Literature Review

Narrow Your Topic

Before you begin searching for literature, determine keywords that define your topic.

Use the Right Databases

Broad databases like Web of Science (WOS) can help you find a lot of the research out there, but always use a subject-specific database as well to catch any literature WOS might have missed.

Research is a Process

Once you start reading the literature, you might find references for more materials related to your project, or find the need to search again. Research is an iterative process, you will find yourself starting over at times. Remember to give yourself the time you need to conduct a comprehensive search.

Use a Citation Manager

Citation Managers help you organize the research you find. Two popular, free managers are Zotero and Mendeley. You can create folders, share your citations, and even upload the articles themselves to your citation managers.

Ask a Librarian

Contact your subject librarian for a research consultation before you start looking or if you get stuck in your research. We can help you develop a research strategy, tell you the best database to use, and help you focus your searching.

Finding Full Text

Once you have an article or citation, the tools below can help you get to the full text of an article.

Theses and Dissertations

Useful Guides

Contact a Librarian

There are many ways to contact Subject Librarians. You will find contact information for your three most likely subject librarians to the left of this page.  For other options:

Chat: Use the yellow "Chat with a librarian" bar at the bottom right of any page on the library website
Email: Send your question via email. Email us at any time. We will respond as soon as possible.
Call: Call the Help Desk at 207.581.1673 for assistance
Location: Help desk, 1st floor Information Commons, Fogler Library
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