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The library building is currently open by appointment only Monday-Friday 8-5. If you need assistance with Library services and resources, please contact the Library by email (library@msj.edu), phone (513-244-4216), or by chat service on the Library’s "Research Help" page. A librarian will respond during regular business hours and help determine the best way to assist you.

Get Research Help

Ask a Librarian: links to chat, email, telephone options

 

Contact Us

Circulation & Research:
(513) 244-4216

Email: library@msj.edu

Location:
Archbishop Alter Library
Mount St. Joseph University
5701 Delhi Road
Cincinnati, OH 45233

Web site:  http://library.msj.edu

Social Media:   @MSJLibrary on Twitter

Getting started with research

Select a Topic

  • Select a topic that is interesting to you. It should not be so broad that there is way too much information, or so narrow that very little has been written about it. Librarians can suggest ways to make a topic more manageable.
  • Consult with your instructor for help in selecting a topic, and to be certain you understand the requirements for the assignment.

Find Background Information

  • Read background information in your textbook or an encyclopedia article. Librarians can assist you in finding background information on a topic.

Find Books

Find Articles

Find Additional Sources

  • Check the appropriate Subject Guide for recommended sources, including websites.

Ask for Help

  • Schedule an appointment with a Librarian to learn more about research tools and techniques.

Choosing a Research Topic

Research Topic – Question – Concepts – Keywords – Search terms

  • What are you interested in researching?  Write your idea here.

 

 

 

 

 

  • What is the specific question you want to answer? Write your research question here.

 

 

 

  • From your question, identify key concepts and their related keywords.  Write one keyword or phrase in each column.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Write any synonyms or related keywords here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Use these keywords to search for books, journal articles and other information sources about your research topic.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Librarian to learn more about the research process.

Research Topic – Question – Concepts – Keywords – Search Terms:

An Example Research Topic

  • What are you interested in researching?  Write your idea here.

 

 

I am interested in researching how to reduce gun violence among young people.

 

 

  • What is the specific question you want to answer? Write your research question here.

 

What is the most effective way to reduce gun violence among youth in an urban setting?

 

  • From your question, identify key concepts and their related keywords.  Write one keyword or phrase in each column.

 

way

 

 

guns

 

youth

 

urban

 

  • Write any synonyms or related keywords here.

methods

approaches

programs

 

 

 

 

firearms

handgun

 

adolescents

teens

city

inner-city

 

  • Use these keywords to search for books, journal articles and other information sources about your research topic.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Librarian to learn more about the research process.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism

  • Plagiarism is passing off someone else's work or words as your own. It includes not citing the source of quotations, ideas, or paraphrases.
  • Plagiarism in any form is wrong and can result in penalties ranging from a failing grade for an assignment or a course to dismissal from the university.
  • Consult the Mount's Academic Honesty Policy for more information about plagiarism and examples of appropriate behavior. 
  • Schedule an appointment at the Writing Center to learn strategies for avoiding plagiarism.

Suggestions for Students to Avoid Plagiarism

  • Ask your professor questions to make sure you understand the requirements of the assignment
  • Give yourself plenty of time
  • Consult with your instructor about the research process
  • Schedule an appointment with a Librarian for help with the research process
  • Work in stages; don't expect to complete the assignment in one visit to the library
  • Keep track of your sources: write down or print-out source citations as you research
  • Understand the guidelines of the style manual you're using, including: how to cite a variety of sources, how to quote and how to paraphrase
  • Summarize in your own words the information you find in your sources rather than merely copying
  • Schedule an appointment at the Writing Center for help with the writing process

Suggestions for Faculty to Prevent Plagiarism

  • Include a statement about Academic Honesty on your syllabus
  • Define plagiarism for your students
  • Discuss plagiarism in class
  • Provide guidelines and expectations for written assignments
  • Encourage students to show drafts and research materials (articles, Web pages, etc.) to you
  • Use the Mount’s Turnitin subscription to assist with detecting plagiarism (More information about Turnitin can be found on the Instructor Resources page on MyMount)
  • Refer students to the Writing Center
  • Discuss style manuals and forms of citation
  • Help students approach the assignment as a process rather than a product
  • Assign interim due dates
  • Vary research topics from semester to semester