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Graduate Studies Guide

This guide is intended to help graduate students at MSVU make the most of the library. It is loaded with advice on databases, print resources, RefWorks, the open web, and more!

Keys To Good Research

Good research is well-planned research. Here are some tips for helping you get started. 

1. Think about the type and number of resources appropriate for your project. For example, a small essay on an academic topic may require only a few journal articles. A paper on a topical news story might require some news articles as well. A large essay or project may require journal articles, books, news stories, and information found from the open web. 

2. Search effectively! When searching databases, use the advanced search window so that you can combine concepts effectively. Take a moment to ensure that you have good search terms, by checking the thesaurus or subject headings list. Make sure that you are doing the 'type' of search term you want, i.e., author, subject, keyword, etc. Don't forget to try new strategies: if your search isn't working, try new terms, new combinations of terms, and new types of searches.

3. Citation, citation, citation! It's a word we hear a lot and it can evoke fear - but don't let it! Take advantage of the MSVU Library citation resources, found on this page to your right. Make sure you know what style your professor wants, first!

4. Talk to a librarian! Our reference librarians are here to answer any questions you might have about research. Special sessions can be booked at the circulation desk if you would like thorough instruction on any part of the research process.

RefWorks & Citation Guides

Research LibGuide

Our Research Help LibGuide is filled with helpful information.


Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
The accepted authority on the evolution of the English language and the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words.

The Writing Resource Centre

The Writing Resource Centre at the Mount is a great place to go for all your writing concerns. They hold writing workshops and students can book one-on-one appointments with staff. Be sure to check their site by clicking the link below!

Writing Resource Centre

Writing Help

Writing a research paper  
A step by step guide.
How to prepare an annotated bibliography  
A step by step guide written by the staff at the Cornell University Libraries.
Writing literature reviews  
Written and maintained by the University of Toronto, this site answers the main questions about literature reviews.
Writing resources from Chapel Hill  
This site is maintained by The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Journal Table of Contents

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