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PSC 233 Innovation in Public Service S Jordan: Research Resources

Recommended Resources

Multidisciplinary Databases

Citation Tracking: Finding articles by citation

Once you have one (or more) useful article on a topic, use the references at the end of article to find more sources on your topic using our Citation Search tool.  This helps you see what was written previous to your current article, often called citing backward.

Use Google Scholar to see who has cited your article after it was published.  This helps you see what has been written after your article was published, citing forward.

SMART Research

Specific: Too much territory to cover? Be sure your scope isn’t so broad or so vague that you can’t answer your research question.

Measurable: Can you locate evidence to find the answer in the time allotted for your project?

Achievable/Attainable: In terms of research and in terms of your own academic abilities & timelines - You must be able to access your sources of data (be they documents or people), and to give a full and nuanced answer to your question.

Relevant: Your research question should be meaningful in your field of study.  Be engaged in research to find understanding/answers, not leading to a particular result.

Time bound: You only have a certain amount of time to complete your research, so plan accordingly.

Outreach Librarian for the Social Sciences

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Justina Elmore
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Contact:
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Interlibrary Loan & Using Worldcat

If UR doesn't have the article or book you need, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that will deliver a copy to you. PDFs of articles usually arrive in two days or less!  If you have the citation of the item you wish to request, go to the ILL page: https://illiad.lib.rochester.edu 
& log in with your NetID to request an item.  

From within any of the library any databases, click the button.  It will find the full text of your article online if it's available through the libraries. Or, it will search the library catalog for you to see if we have your article in print--or let you request it via Interlibrary Loan. 
 

Looking for books we don't have in the library?  Try searching WORLDCAT (either for a title or by keywords on your topic).  Click on the button to request a book through ILL. 

Still can't find what you're looking for?  Please contact me!