Literature reviews

The format of literature reviews vary among disciplines. Some reviews become a publication themselves. Other reviews become a preface to published primary research and theses and dissertations. Literature reviews are commonly required in grant and research proposals.

    Literature reviews

Literature reviews

The format of literature reviews vary among disciplines. Some reviews become a publication themselves. Other reviews become a preface to published primary research and theses and dissertations. Literature reviews are commonly required in grant and research proposals.

    Literature reviews

Cited reference searching

Cited reference searching can aid in finding current publications on a topic, seeking trends in a research field, identifying top researchers in a discipline, tracking the history of a research topic, and tracking your own or colleagues research.

    Cited reference searching

Metrics

Bibliometrics (and altmetrics) are ways to measure and compare research publications, authors, departments, and institutions. These metrics allow one to find the best journals in a field, find how often an article is cited, and determine highly cited articles and authors in a field. Bibliometrics affect researchers and authors, library journal collections, research funding, tenure and promotion, expertise status in the field, and finding others in a field/subject area.

    metrics. Used under creative commons license from Flickr user Amber Case.

Grant writing

Writing grant proposals is an involved process that requires background research, methodology design, budgeting, staff scheduling, and other organizational skills. The library and Office of Research provide several databases of funding providers and opportunities.

    Grant writing

Research methods

Research design and research methods take many forms. The research can be quantitative or qualitative. Ultimately, your research problem will determine your research method.

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Manage info

As you collect citations, data, full-text documents, multimedia, and other sources for your research, you'll need to manage that collection. The library offers several tools and services towards that end.

    Manage info. Used under creative commons licensed from Flickr user matthieu mingasson

Publish

The libraries support authors with tools to find the right journal in which to publish, open access publishing opportunities and funding support, and copyright guidance.

    Publish

Ethical research

Ethical research involves moral and legal considerations when undertaking research. These considerations can include authorship, plagiarism, peer review, conflicts of interest, and human and animal subject research.

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Research support

This research support portal combines resources and services to aid faculty, graduate students, and research professionals. It includes both library-provided resources and services and connections to other university resources.

A key resource will be your college librarian, who has a background in your academic discipline and can link you with specialized librarians in publishing, informatics, and data management.

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