Archive for 'Research Tips'

Author! Author! Searching for Articles by Author

In a recent blog post, I mentioned a few resources to help you determine who seminal (foundational) authors were in your field and to find seminal works. But…what if you already have the name of an author and you just want to see if the library has any articles or books by that person? There [...]

Find Peer-Reviewed Articles in the Library: Webinar on Thursday, 9/13

“Find Peer-Reviewed Articles in the Library” Webinar: Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, 7:00 PM Central Need to find articles for your coursework? Whether they need to be peer-reviewed or not, if you ever get frustrated that you sometimes get too many or too few results or results that don’t seem on-topic, then this is a great [...]

Cabell’s Directories of Publishing Opportunities

Cabell’s Directories of Publishing Opportunities is a database designed to help researchers and academics match their manuscripts with the scholarly journals which are most likely to publish those manuscripts. Use Cabell’s Directories to: – Find the rate of acceptance of manuscripts – What kind of review process is used (i.e. editiorial board review, blind review, [...]

Seminal Authors and Their Works

Seminal authors in any given discipline are those people who contributed foundational theories and ideas to the research in that field. For instance, Jean Piaget is considered a seminal contributor to the understanding of cognitive development. There is no magical way to find out who the seminal authors are in your field of study, but [...]

Library Skills that Will Save You Time: August Webinars

The librarians are teaching two webinars this week. Spend an hour to pick up some new skills that could save you days down the road! RefWorks Webinar: Thursday, August 2, 2012, 7:00 PM CDT RefWorks is a research management tool that helps you collect, organize, and store citations from library databases and other resources. If [...]

Searching for Articles Within a Single Journal

Hopefully, when you search for articles in the Capella Library, you know that the librarians recommend you start in one of two ways: 1. Choose a database from either Databases A-Z or Databases by School: Recommended route for graduate learners. 2. Start with a Summon search: This will search most (but not all) of the [...]

Finding Articles with Opposing Viewpoints

A common assignment that many learners get at some point in their programs is to find differing or opposing viewpoints on a controversial topic. There are a couple different ways to handle this type of assignment depending on which program level you’re at. For undergraduates, the CQ Researcher database is a great place to start. [...]

Kick Off Summer Quarter with Better Library Skills: Webinars this Week

The librarians are teaching two webinars coming up this week. Spend an hour to pick up some new skills that could save you days down the road! “Searching Databases for Articles”: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 07:00 PM CDT Get better results for the topics you search in the library databases! If you ever get too [...]

Searching Library Databases for Articles: Webinar on June 6th

Searching Library Databases for Articles Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 7:00 PM CDT Have you ever been frustrated while conducting library research because you got too many or too few results or results that don’t seem on-topic? Then this is the webinar for you! Learn how to become a more effective researcher by signing up for [...]

Evaluating Internet Sources

As a Capella librarian, I encourage everyone to use the Capella Library to find scholarly and peer-reviewed resources to support your assignments. That said, there are times when it is appropriate to turn to the open Web, such as when you need data sets, current event information, or background information to help you get started [...]