Improve Your Library Research Skills
Ask a Librarian whenever you need help.
- Chat, email, call or meet with a librarian. We can save you time. We really mean it!
- There is a link to Ask a Librarian in the header of every HSL page.
New to library research? Has it been awhile since you wrote a research paper?
- Don't forget, "OR" finds more.
- The Quick Tips on New to HSL will help you with
Use this guide to help visualize and plan your search:
- Purdue Libraries' Constructing a Search Statement handout
Use this log to keep your search organized and to document your search strategy for reporting:
Don't forget, we can get you any article you need.
- Use the Find @ UNC link in database search results to look for full text.
- When the article is not online, use the options a the bottom of the Find @ UNC page to search the catalog for print or to request the article via Interlibrary Loan.
- Is the book you want in circulation or does the library not own it? Use Interlibrary Loan to place a hold or request a book from another library.
- Learn more about Interlibrary Loan.
Learn about Scholarly Research Articles.
- Understand the structure of medical research articles to read more efficiently. Use the Structure of Scholarly Articles and Peer Review guide to learn more.
Learn about Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources.
- In this guide from the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Sciences Libraries, Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources in the Health Sciences, learn whether sources are considered primary, secondary, or tertiary depending on the originality of the information presented and their proximity or how close they are to the source of information.
Once you find it, how do you know it is any good?
- Evaluating Information tutorial from Johns Hopkins University will help you learn how to choose quality research.
- You can also use these PDF handouts from UNC Libraries as you do research:
- Learn about Peer Review and how to know if an article has been peer reviewed.
Don't forget, stay organized.:
- Register for a free UNC account to try out the new F1000 Workspace
- UNC will no longer license RefWorks after Summer, 2017; we recommend users transition to another citation manager by then. For help, consult our guide on Switching Citation Managers or request assistance via Ask-a-Librarian.
- For other options, consult our guide on comparing citation managers. We will continue to update this guide as new information is available.