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Research Assistance

This area provides helpful information for research projects. It also contains links to subject-specific guides created by our Subject Specialists. Our can also be contacted via email or phone for subject-specific reference assistance.

  • Citing Sources
    Find detailed information about citing your electronic sources.
  • Copyright Information and Issues
    A list of sites providing good information about copyright issues.
  • Essential References
    The following page provides links to web based reference tools such as almanacs, biographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, and style manuals.
  • How to Find a Journal Article
    Instructions for finding journal articles.
  • Is It Scholarly?
    This page provides information that will help you determine if a journal is scholarly or not.
  • Library Handouts
    The following page provides links to handouts available in the JSU Library that will help you find materials within the Library and on the Library's Web site. These handouts will also provide instructions for searching the databases.
  • Library Research By Subject
    The following pages provide links that will help you find books, journal/magazine articles, and Internet sites by specific subjects.
  • Library Tutorials
    The following page provides links to online tutorials developed by the librarians at the Houston Cole Library.
  • Plagiarism Information
    The following page provides links to sites with information about plagiarism.
  • Research Tools
    This page provides help with finding information .
  • Researching Your Topic
    This page provides the steps and detailed information about researching a topic.
  • Topical Pathfinders
    This page provides research guides related to a specific subject and/or topic. These guides are designed to help you find resources in our library.


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