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Feel free to email me if you have any questions about your research or if you'd like to set up a research consultation.  Caroline Gilson  /

Article of interest: Ferid Murad, MD, PhD: a conversation with the editor, The American Journal of Cardiology, Volume 94, Issue 1, 2004, Pages 75-91. (Available to DePauw University users).


General Research Tips from Caroline

Research Tips from Caroline G.

1. Paper and pencil.  Write things down.  Look for common keywords, authors, phrases.  Use these to search for articles in library subscription databases.

2. Keep track of useful sources as you find them.  Download and save or print articles as you find them.  Or email citations to yourself.

3. Read.  Email citations to yourself; these will have links back to the database and the possible link to FT.  You may need to read over ten articles to find three good ones.

4. Interlibrary Loan:  this is an option for articles and books we don't own or have access to through a subscription.

5. Set up DePauw access to your instance of Google Scholar. 

6. Consider using EndNote Basic or Zotero to organize your citations.  See the companion LibGuides for each of these tools to explore and create an account. 

7. Cite your sources.  Accurately documenting your sources used for research is an important part of the research and writing process. Documentation gives credit to information originally written elsewhere and enables others to find the information source again.

8. Email Caroline to set up a research consultation.  Don’t struggle – ask for help.  (Also available: stop by TheDesk at the ROW Library to see a Library Research Consultant).

What is a primary research article?

Here are some common characteristics of primary research articles:

  • Author(s) present data and findings from original research after conducting an original experiment.
  • A primary research article typically contains the following sections: Methods/Materials, Results, Discussion.
  • Look for information on SI (Supplemental Information).  This may include additional data and/or research information.  Be sure to track down and read the SI for a complete understanding of the research being presented in the article.

What is a review article?

Here are some common characteristics of review articles:

  • Author(s) analyze and summarize existing research.
  • There is often a focus on a broad topic, examining articles that are relevant, useful.
  • Review articles do not have sections such as Methods/Materials, Results. 
  • Author(s) may conclude a review article with a section outlining areas for future study of the topic.