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Academic Advising/Counseling Research Guide

A guide to becoming an academic advisor practioner-researcher

Finding articles and dissertations

This quick introduction to searching for academic journal articles in databases will help you make your searches more efficient and more effective:

Where to search for articles:

Tips for finding review articles

Looking for an efficient way to get a research overview on a topic? A review article is a great place to start.

A review article provides an analysis of the state of research on a set of related research questions. Review articles often: summarize key research findings, reference must-read articles, describe current areas of agreement as well as controversies and debates, point out gaps in knowledge and unanswered questions, suggest directions for future research.

Check out this quick overview of finding review articles in Web of Science, PubMed, Google Scholar, and more.

A review article helps you find must-read articles, identify controversies and debates, and learn about unananswered questions.

Finding dissertations

Searching for dissertations is an excellent way to investigate the latest research in a field. Dissertations also often include a literature review and an extensive bibliography, helping you find key sources related to ongoing research conversations.

Citation - A brief introduction

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1. Why cite?

Watch this quick video for an overview of why citation really matters.

2. Determine your citation style.

Check out the submission guidelines or assignment prompt to determine the proper citation style. When in doubt, ask a researcher in the field, the instructor, or a librarian for help.

3. Use a citation tool.

Check out ZoteroEndnote, or Mendeley to keep track of your articles and create citations. You can also use the citation tools in many databases. Check out our guide to citing sources for more information.

 

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