Other Useful Research Guides
Use the tabs above to find more information on finding resources & services. For help, contact your librarian listed on the right, or use the "Ask a Librarian" chat function below the librarian contact info.
Research Tips & Tricks
To get the most out of your time while conducting library research, use these tips & tricks.
Tip: Construct a Search
Tricks: Use boolean, phrases, parentheses, and synonyms to conduct multiple searches. Don't give up - good research often takes time and requires multiple searches in multiple databases.
Tip: Use Mirlyn to search for books and to see if we have access to a specific journal.
Tricks: Use the Advanced Search to put limits on your results. When you find a book that is particularly useful, click on the subject headings to find more books with the same subjects. Use "Get this" to request a book be delivered from library to library.
Tip: Use a database
Tricks: For a comprehensive look at the literature, search in multiple databases. Think about the kind of source(s) you are looking for - it may help inform what database you choose. Don't be afraid to just click around to see what features the database has - you might discover a feature that will be a time-saver or super helpful.
Tip: Manage your research
Trick: Bibliographic management software can be helpful for keeping your papers and citations organized. EndNote, RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero are examples.
Tip: Ask for help
Trick: Contact your librarian directly, or use the Ask a Librarian service. This can be a real time saver.
You can find all of MLibrary's video tutorials at http://www.lib.umich.edu/online-video-gallery/library-video-tutorials.
This video explains how to access library resources off campus through the Library web site portal, lib.umich.edu.
Running Time: 1:30
Created: February 21, 2011
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