This course guide provides information to support and supplement what is covered in the ABEN 790 library sessions.
Database Searching and Finding Journals
- Recommended Databases and Tips for Searching
Need to find one or more articles on a topic? Try one of our databases! Some recommend databases for ABEN include:
Database Searching Tips
- How to Search Scopus and The Web of Science
- Setting Your Preferences in Google Scholar (to more easily access full text articles in your search results)
- How to Find Dissertations and Theses
- Finding Journals
Need to find the full text of a specific article? Want to see if we have online access to a specific journal? See How to Find Journals for instructions.
Looking for peer-reviewed, original research articles? The Finding and Identifying Original Research Articles in the Sciences guide has information that describes peer-review and characteristics of original research articles (so you know what to look for!).
If the library does not have the article you need, you can request it (for free) through Interlibrary Loan.
- Finding Full Text & What to Do When You Can't Find It!
When searching in library databases, look for the SEARCH @ NDSU button or link. When you click on this button/link, a new window or tab will open to run a search through library resources to see if we have access to that journal.
You can also check to see if the library has access to the journal the article was published in by using our journal search. For more information see https://library.ndsu.edu/search-find/research/research-assistance/how-find-journals
* If you discover that we don't have electronic access but we DO have print access in our storage annex, you can request a PDF of the article. For more information see https://library.ndsu.edu/search-find/research/research-assistance/how-request-article-campus-storage-annex
One of the fastest and easiest ways can be to search for the article in Google Scholar. You can change the settings in Google Scholar so that links to materials that NDSU has access to will be available. Here are directions for changing your settings: https://library.ndsu.edu/search-find/research/research-assistance/setting-your-preferences-google-scholar.
If the library does not have the article you need, you can request it (for free) through Interlibrary Loan. For instructions on how to use Interlibrary Loan, see https://library.ndsu.edu/search-find/research/research-assistance/how-use-interlibrary-loan.
- Access Issues
Unfortunately, we all occasionally have issues with accessing library resources. Here are some of the most common problems that students may encounter:
I can't login to access this database/article.
The login for databases/articles is your NDSU email with the associated password.
After logging in, you may encounter a second authentication page that asks you to choose a device and an authentication method (Duo Push, Call Me, Passcode). For more information about this multi-factor authentication go to https://kb.ndsu.edu/99733
If you are having problems with your login or the authentication process, please contact the NDSU Helpdesk at https://www.ndsu.edu/it/help/
I can’t login to my library account
The login for your library account is your NDSU email (email@example.com) along with the password you have associated with it.
If you are having problems (like password doesn't seem to work), please contact the NDSU Helpdesk at https://www.ndsu.edu/it/help/
I haven't gotten my interlibrary loan yet. when will my interlibrary loan arrive?
Please contact interlibrary loan with questions about your account at (701) 231-8885 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responsible Conduct of Research, Copyright, Plagiarism, and Citing Sources
- Responsible Conduct of Research
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is "...the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research." (NIH, Notices of NIH Policy Changes November 24,2009; NOT-OD-10-019)
It encompasses the following areas:
- research misconduct
- human participants
- research involving animals
- data acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership
- mentor/trainee responsibilities
- publication practices and responsible authorship
- peer review
- collaborative science
- conflicts of interest
For information about training requirements and training options see the NDSU Research and Creativity Office's page on Responsible Conduct of Research
For more information:
- Introduction to the Responsible Conduct Research (Office of Research Integrity)
- RCR General Resources (Office of Research Integrity)
- Research Integrity: Case Studies (Office of Research Integrity)
- On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine)
- Standards for Academic Honesty & Integrity at NDSU
- Copyright & Plagiarism
Copyright law (17 U.S.C. ) gives certain exclusive rights to the copyright holder of a creative work for a limited period of time. Copyright protects authors, publishers and producers, and the public. Copyright holders have the exclusive right to:
- Reproduce the work
- Prepare a derivative of the work
- Distribute copies or transfer ownership of the work
- Publicly perform and/or display the work
See our Copyright guide for more information such as copyright basics (what is protected by copyright, fair use, and public domain works), copyright for disquisitions, and copyright for publication.
For resources on academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism, see the Citing Sources page from the Center for Writers and the Avoiding Plagiarism page from Purdue Online Writing Lab.
- Citing Sources & Citation Management
Citing Sources and Using Citation Styles
- Citation Management Tools: provides and overview of three citation management tools (EndNote Online, Mendeley, and Zotero)
Reading and Analyzing Research Papers
- Reading and Analyzing
There is no one right way to read and analyze a research paper. You may want to try a few different methods before you find one that works best for you. Below are links to pages that provide some suggestions on a few different methods. You can also search Google for how to analyze research articles (or some variation on that) and you will find lots of suggestions that way too!
Remember, you don't have to read the article sections in order. Read them in whatever order works best for you! Some like to read them in this order: Title, Abstract, Conclusion, Introduction, Results, Methods.
- C.R.E.A.T.E.S: An innovative method for reading, analyzing, and understanding scientific articles.
- Infographic: How to read a scientific paper How to (seriously) read a scientific paper
- Summary of responses from a dozen scientists, at different stages of their careers, to interview questions about their processes and experiences reading research papers.
- Art of reading a journal article: Methodically and effectively
- has a focus on medical and dental journals, but the methods suggested might still be of interest
- Analyzing Scholarly Articles (The University Writing Center, Texas A&M University)
- Taking Notes
Reading and analyzing sources will also involve taking notes. There are also many different methods for note-taking. Here are some links for ideas and suggestions:
- The Cornell Note Taking System (Cornell University)
- Note Taking Apps (NDSU Disability Services)
- Research: Note- Taking (Excelsior Online Writing Lab.)
- Reverse Outlining: An Exercise for Taking Notes (Purdue Online Writing Lab)
- Sketchnoting 101: How to Create Awesome Visual Notes
- Sketchnotes: A Guide to Visual Note-Taking
- Taking Notes from Research Reading (University of Toronto)
- Taking Notes While Reading (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
For tips and help with writing check out the Center for Writers. They can help with various aspects of such as: developing ideas, integrating sources, documenting sources, writing clearly and applying grammar guidelines, and understanding conventions in your discipline.
They also have resources for academic publishing, citing sources, grammar usage and style, writing in your discipline, and writing processes.Go to https://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters/ and hover over the Writing Resources too see the above resources and more.
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