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Beginning a Thesis or Dissertation

Choosing a Reseach Methodology

A methodology describes how a study was completed so that the study can be replicated.

Below are some general books for learning about methodologies as well as a few examples of subject specific methodology resources.

  • Books on methodology

Locating Subject Guides

Subject Librarians

Subject Guides

Creating Alerts

Create alerts to stay up-to-date with certain publishers, journals, or topics

  • Browse through alert types to learn more about setting up a variety of alerts.  

Database search alerts

  • Database alerts let you run a search and be notified when new content is added to the database that fits your search.
  • Use FindIt@MU to access the full-text for alert results.

Citing Sources

Use a citation manager to store and organize results.

A citation manager is a computer program that provides a storage space for citations (references to works you use in your writing) and formats them in any of hundreds of citation formats as you write your paper, article, annotated bibliography, dissertation or book. Also stores the article pdf's

The libraries support the following three citation managers:

Mining Data

The University Libraries license many databases that can be helpful for retrieving and studying:

  • numerical/statistical data
  • demographics and population data
  • text
  • image and video collections

Review Data mining access to library resources for conditions and restrictions.