This guide was created to help you search for literature more thoroughly and efficiently. Learning how to review literature will not only help you with your research project in this class. The skills you will develop will aid you in providing a proper literature review for your theses.
With this guide, you will be able to
Subject or Course Guides are a great place to go to find out about a subject.
Search-A-Roo is a good place to start. For more information, go to the Search-A-Roo Tutorial. It searches several of our databases and catalogs simultaneously. Don't use Search-A-Roo for in-depth research.Good use – Find one article to review for a class project.
Use the databases directly for in-depth research on a topic. If you know exactly what book, DVD, etc. that you want, use the UA Libraries Catalog directly.
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Be sure to use the UA Libraries Catalog or Web site to use the proxy server. Go to a definition of a proxy server. You will be prompted for your UANet ID and password from The University of Akron Login screen. Most of the time you will be prompted one time per browser session.
If you go to the URL of the resource directly, you will bypass the proxy server.
Some resources like SciFinder will require another user id and password, but most don't. Often when you are prompted by anything besides The University of Akron Login screen, either
Do you know where the Article is (what journal, conference, volume, pages, etc)? Use the UA Libraries Catalog.
Need a Specific Article that Can't be Downloaded and is not in our Library? Try
Want to perform a more thorough search than Search-A-Roo? Find more information about Search-A-Roo on this guide. Use the Articles & Books using Databases Tab. Use the descriptions to find the databases that contain articles that are most closely related to your topic.
Where should I start? Try the following
First, use the UA Libraries Catalog. If we don't have it, try the OhioLINK catalog. Use the button in the UA Libraries Catalog.
If OhioLINK does not have it, try Search Ohio. Use the button in the OhioLINK catalog. If neither have it, try to order it from interlibrary loan.
Sometimes it is convenient to search electronic books directly particularly when looking for quick facts or code syntax.
When you use the Full Text Finder button from one of our databases, this hyperlink could appear instead of sending you to the full text articles. Some databases will have this hyperlink listed directly on the search results; You don't have to select the Full Text Finder button first.
Either way the form will partially fill out for you. Be sure to check the information is right – The more correct the information you give them, the faster you will get the article. After you select the hyperlink, you will need to log into your account.
If you don't have an account for the ILLiad interlibrary loan system, set one up. Use the First Time User hyperlink and follow the instructions. After you complete the registration form, you can start requesting right away. You will never need to pay for an article. This service is always free for you.
Interlibrary loan will get the article for you if they can. If they can get a copy, you will get an email when your article is ready. Just log into your account and you can download it. If they can't get a copy, you will get an email letting you know as well.
If you did not find your article from a database and we do not have it, you will need to fill out the interlibrary loan form yourself. An example of requesting an article is
Field. Title (of Journal, Conference Proceedings, Anthology): Value. Journal of Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics
Field. Volume: Value. 7
Field. Issue Number or Designation: Value. 3
Field. Year: Value. 2012
Field. Inclusive Pages: Value. 260 - 264
Field. ISSN: Value. 1555130X
Field. Article Author: Value. Jungho Lee, Ji-Hong, Kim, Kang-Min Do, Byung-Moo Moon, Ji-Hoon Lee, Sang-Mo Koo
Field. Article Title or Chapter Title: Value. Nanocrystalline GaZnO films for transparent electrode to silicon carbide
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