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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Commonwealth College: Dean's Book Course

Patricia Gorman

Doing academic research

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The links below lead to PowerPoint presentations on how to use the library more effectively. Each PowerPoint presentation will take a few seconds to load, and then it will open as a slide show. When the presentation is over, hit the "Escape" key to return to the LibGuide page.

What is a "refereed" or scholarly article?

Better book searching 

How to find articles in the library

Why use WorldCat?

How to use interlibrary loan

How to read call numbers

How to cite books & articles

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Dean's Book Course

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Welcome to the library course guide page for the Dean's Book Course

This page is designed to assist you in your library research. There are pages on searching for books, on searching for articles, and some advice on how to do more effective searching.

It's difficult to design a research page for the Dean's Book course, because students end up writing on a wide variety of topics across the disciplines.

To this end this guide will offer general suggestions on doing research in a wide range of disciplines.

There is also a Library web page for Native American Studies.

Don't hesitate to contact me for an individual consultation on your research needs.


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RefWorks is a bibliographical management software which will help you organize your citations, articles, books, etc. paid for by the UMass Amherst Library, that the UMass Amherst community can access from the Library website. RefWorks collects, stores, and organizes citations from books, articles from databases, web sites, and other sources. RefWorks automatically converts citations into properly formatted bibliographies

Better than using 3"x5' index cards!

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