I am available to meet with you if you need more help. Meeting with me is a great way to ask specific research questions and/or find further/difficult information. Send me an email to set up an appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will want to start your research on the library's homepage. Everything from books and e-books, journals, databases, and more can be accessed from the Meriam Library ReSEARCH Station. Books are a particularly good place to start your research. They have a wide scope and can include anything from background information to detailed criticism. Scholarly articles tend to be more focused and assume a higher level of expertise.
When searching the library catalog keep your search terms to a minimum. 1 or 2 keywords should work fine. For example if you wanted to research Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway you could try searching "Mrs. Dalloway criticism" or simply "Mrs. Dalloway". For the best results try a variety of different searches.
Once your search results display look at the records for more information. Often the subject headings will lead you to more materials.
Interlibrary Services (ILS) is your new best friend. As a grad student you will most likely need to use materials outside of our library for your research. You can do this by requesting items (articles, books, etc.) through ILS. Often the ILS link is provided directly in the database and is the easiest way to submit a request. Follow the "FIND IT" link and click the link Request your item through Interlibrary Services. You can also fill out the information directly through the request form.
To use the system, you must first set up an account. Notifications about items are delivered to your email address. Remember you must save any electronically delivered documents as ILS clears them from your account after 30 days. For more information please see ILS FAQs.
To utilize the full potential of Google Scholar link it to Meriam Library. By doing this you can then see if the library has the items that you want (Find It @ Chico) and if not then you can go directly to ILS. To link to the Meriam Library follow the below steps:
1. Once in Google Scholar, go to Settings at the top of the page
2. Click on Library links
3. Search for CSU, Chico; select and save
4. You may be directed to login to your portal account to verify library access
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