Research Help

The sites listed below can assist you in doing research, finding materials in the library and in completing library assignments for many different classes. If you questions or want to schedule a research consultation, please e-mail or call 563 588-6421.

Information Literacy Tutorial
Searchpath: An Information Literacy Tutorial is an interactive tutorial that helps you learn basic library and research skills to quickly find and evaluate information you need.

Research Help
Starting Cornerstone Research
Annotated Bibliographies: what are they, and how are they compiled?
Harvard Guide to Using Sources: What Constitutes Plagiarism?
Research Guides by Subject Major: lists useful library resources by topic (e.g. Biology or Philosophy)
Evaluating Web Sites
Popular Magazines and Scholarly Journals: what's the difference?
Citing and Documenting Sources
Getting Better Google Search Results (various tutorials)
Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources (Easy Bib)
APA Format Using Microsoft Word

About the library
Resources Available at Clarke University Library Information about books, journals, and more
Requesting an Item Through Interlibrary Loan
Accessing Library Resources From Off Campus
Reference Databases at Clarke University Using online reference databases
If you have any problems logging in to library databases or accessing electronic articles, please use this help form.

Finding Books
Conducting a Search in the Clarke Library Catalog (How to search for a book by topic)
Finding books by Author
Finding books by Title

Finding and Searching Electronic Books

Understanding Electronic Book Search Result

Conducting a Subject Search in WorldCat find books on a topic
Conducting a Title Search in WorldCat find books when you already know the title
Downloading Ebooks from Ebsco

Finding Articles 
Anatomy of an Article Elements of scholarly articles and tips on how to use them to broaden or narrow your search.
Basic Search Using Academic Search Premier How to conduct a search in a database
Narrowing A Search In Academic Search Premier
Broadening an Article Search
Finding Full Text Articles

For Faculty
Copyright Tutorials and Web sites
Interlibrary Loan Policy

Free Citation Managers
Zotero is a free citation manager that is an extension of Mozilla Firefox. It helps you store, manage, and cite books, articles and websites.

BibMe helpd you create end of text citations in MLA, APA, Chicago and Turabian without requiring an account. With a free account you can save your citations and download them to Microsoft Word.

Son of Citation Machine
Son of a Citation Machiene will help you create in tet and end of text citations. No need to login, however it will not save your references so it is important to copy them into a word document as you enter them.
This program doesn't produce formal citation, but it allows you to capture and store PDFs, web pages, images etc. "Everything you capture is automatically processed, indexed, and made searchable. If you like, you can add tags or organize notes into different notebooks

Mendeley is a free citation tool that allows you to collect, organize and cite your resources. It does require you to download software and create an account. You can also collaborate with colleagues through Mendeley and discover new research.

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