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Answered By: Michael Pujals
Last Updated: Jul 17, 2014     Views: 31

Library Research Hints


  • Sign up for a RefWork account (from the library home page > RefWorks)
  • The off-campus Group Code can be found on the RefWorks log-in page
  • Selecting styles: Choose Bibliography tab > Output Style Manager > in pop-up add MLA, APA, Chicago, or your preferred style in the right-side tools column
  • When exporting an article to RefWorks, everything goes into Last Imported Folder first, until you move it into a created folder
  • Create Bibliography > select style and format > look for download notice in lower right corner
  • Share folders: go to Organize & Share Folders tab > click on folder with the green arrow icon for the folder you want to share > copy URL and email
  • PROOFREAD and double check citations with OWL (Purdue Online Writing Lab) OR from the library home page > Research Assistance > Library Tools > Citation Guide Or a style manual in the library


  • Use the catalog from the library home page
  • Keep the search simple
  • Click on the book title for the call number, location, and status- write the call number and title to find it on the shelf
  • Camino and Marinet- You can order and receive books form Camino (statewide academic libraries) or Marinet (local Marin public libraries) in 2-5 days for free. Click the blue button to request, enter your student ID barcode number (all 14 digits on the back of your ID) and your password, then enter your email on the form and click submit. You will be emailed when it arrives.
  • Also be sure to check for books in eBrary (from the library home page > Databases > eBrary) for full-text online books. Sign in using your DUC ID to download in order to highlight, save, My Bookshelf, etc.


  • Use one concept/element per keyword box. Combine with AND (child AND diabetes AND management)
  • Use * to expand for more spellings: child* will result in child, children, children’s etc.
  • Add synonyms in the same box with OR (child* OR adolescen*)
  • Look for Cite, Email, and Export (to RefWorks) buttons
  • Look for and add terms as you search
  • Limiters: always check peer review, full-text (be careful not to add too many limiters)


Web Searches

  • Use Wikipedia only for definitions, background, and some sources in the bibliography at the end
  • Use Google Scholar, but first set advanced settings to DUC: go to Google Scholar > Settings > Library Links > enter Dominican University of CA. After conducting a search, look on the right-side for a link to Full text @ Dominican, click on it to be taken into the journal we own for the article
  • Have at least two respected sources for the same fact/statement- including the opposite view
  • In your citation: point to the specific part of the Web site for your fact/statement


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