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Research & Applications MSED/MSOD

Strategies and tips for locating resources for your literature review project.

Finding Sources for Your Research Assignment

You are required to meet the following course objectives:

  • Recognize and practice citations, spacing and headings in APA 6th
  • Identify a research problem, define a purpose, conduct a literature review, determine the methodology for a research proposal and write the introduction
  • Critique other students' work to deepen their own learning of the writing process
  • Learn time management to be able to prioritize getting the work completed by deadlines

This guide is designed to help you with the first two objectives.

The first objective is discussed more fully as a part of your course, but the tab labeled "APA Format & Citations" is intended to provide practical help and guidance with creating citations for your reference list. 

The second objective is addressed in this guide in the following ways:

  • understanding what a literature review is and tips for completing one
  • evaluation of sources to aid in the selection of the best resources to use for your literature review
  • how to develop your search strategy and select the best subject headings and keywords to use while searching for resources
  • how to locate books and journal articles using Dugan Library resources
  • how to make use of the interlibrary loan system, and
  • how to get help if you don't live in Wichita

Each page in this guide provides detailed instructions, videos and information about how our librarians and library staff can assist you in this course. If at anytime something is unclear or you need more clarification, we urge you to reach out to us at the library.  We are happy to help and we are here to help you complete this assignment.

Interpretation Project

Tips to keep in mind as you begin your literature review project.

  • Academic research can easily be compared to the work of a detective.  Detective work isn't always as glamorous and exciting as it appears on TV and in movies. A lot of work goes in to tracking down information, witnesses, and suspects.  There are lots of details and it can be time consuming if done well.  Research is a learned skill and rarely does anyone have a natural ability to sit down and successfully search with no instruction or guidance.
  • Just as a detective runs into dead ends or false positives, you will experience the same thing as you pursue academic research.  Don't give up!  Often the best results come through a process of trial and error.  Allow yourself to experiment and try new things, you never know what you might find!

If you have questions or need help locating resources, please be sure to consult with Professor Letizia or one of our librarians.  We would be very happy to help you.

Introduction Video