As a graduate student, you will be in charge of conducting your own research. We aren't going to discuss every step of the research process here, but we will give you some tips on the best strategies for navigating your way. We are here to help you through!
This diagram is a visual representation of the process researchers go through to complete a project or study from inception to conclusion. The process is cyclical, and you may find yourself revisiting steps in the process multiple times.
Once you’ve decided on an area of focus, you can start gathering the information you need. Here are our top strategies.
As described on the Library Locations tab, Dragon OneSearch is a great starting place for searching across MSUM Library’s print and electronic collections. It contains journal and magazine articles, dissertations and theses, government documents, special reports, news articles, media items, and much more. This lets you cast a wide net across many disciplines and subject areas.
Using the drop down menu, the MSUM Library Catalog option is great for limiting your search to things like books, media items, and specialized collections.
For graduate level research, we recommend using the Advanced Search interface in OneSearch, which gives you more control over your search strategy. To find this option, click the Advanced Search link from the One Search menu.
Once you have navigated to the Advance Search interface, notice the radio buttons at the top - we’ve already explained most of these options, but in particular, the EBSCO option searches databases provided by the EBSCO Information Services that are otherwise left out of One Search results.
Once you’ve limited the body of content you want to search, there are several tools to help you refine and limit your search. You can limit your search to fields like title, author, or subject. You can also limit Material Type, Language, and Publication Date. These options let you hone your search to point to more specific topic areas.
Upon receiving your search results, you can further refine using the Filter my results menu. For example, you can limit your results to specific publication dates, peer-reviewed journals, sources with full text online, and so on.
While OneSearch is a great starting point, we subscribe to hundreds of other databases that may be more appropriate for finding the stuff you need. You are training to be an expert in the literature of your field, and using a more specialized database will save you time and help you feel confident that you haven’t missed anything relevant in your search.