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This blog is no longer maintained. For current information on Research & User Services at GW Libraries please see our research page or take a look at our other blogs and social media accounts

image: space walkAre you still undecided on your paper topic? Fear not!

Follow these three easy steps to focus, sharpen, and tighten your work.

 

 

 

 

 

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image: library lingo demystifiedHave you ever run across a research or library term that you didn't understand? No longer! Check out the new Library Lexicon. All your questions answered. All the lingo demystified.

 

 

 

 

 

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image: ask me I'm the expertSignificant specialized subject expertise lies behind each Gelman Research Guide. Find a Research Guide on your topic and you’ll find that librarian’s contact information on the right side of the first page. Contact him or her for an appointment to discuss your research needs in depth, confident you’ll be talking to The Expert.                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                      

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Image:Museum of the Roman CivilizationWhy does my professor require me to use “scholarly” or “peer-reviewed” journals? Because these journals have a pre-publication review process where a committee of appropriate peer scholars reads each article and offers an opinion on whether it is worthy of publication in the journal. They use criteria such as soundness of investigative method, whether the author shows adequate knowledge of research on the subject to date, and whether the articles adds to knowledge in the field. Only if the reviewers agree that it meets the criteria will the article be published.

Many professors require that you build upon previous scholarship when you yourself write a scholarly paper. Using articles from “scholarly” or “peer-reviewed” journals will help you do that.

Where can I find them? Many of the GW research databases offer access to scholarly journals exclusively. For those that offer access to all kinds of material, look for a check box on the main search page where you can limit your search to just “scholarly” or “peer-reviewed” journals.

This blog is no longer maintained. For current information on Research & User Services at GW Libraries please see our research page or take a look at our other blogs and social media accounts

Krugman MacroeconnomicsThe Library has many of the books required for your classes. But we do not, as a rule, acquire textbooks. Confusing? We generally have classics in a field, which may indeed be your textbook. Also, professors often assign books that are not textbooks. Those, too, we often have. But the textbook market is vast, and textbooks are expensive and authors and editors update them constantly. Textbooks tend to address the fundamentals of a subject for a classroom audience. On the other hand, most of the resources of the library support individualized and specialized research in the disciplines. As a result, we may not have the particular textbook your course requires.

Still, it's always best to check. We may have an earlier edition or you may be able to request a copy from one of the other academic libraries in the DC area. Research Services can help you find the books you need, or you can simply search the library catalog Surveyor by title or author.

And if your textbook is not available from the library, services like Amazon, Chegg.com, and Cheaptextbooks.com offer rentals and used copies. Additionally, select portions of some books can be read on Google Books free of charge.

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