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Graduate Research   Tags: education, graduate, research  

Overview of library resources and services available for graduate student research
Last Updated: Jun 16, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Summon search box

Search journal articles, books, dissertations, ERIC documents, and other online resources using Summon on the Libraries homepage,

Results are listed by relevance so make use of Publication Date limiter, along with Content type and Subject limiters to reduce number of results.  Note the 'Cited by' feature for journal articles included in Web of Science Citation Indexes to lead you to more recent articles.

Research methodology links

Try these web sites for more information on research methods and a tool for planning the dissertation/thesis process.

Statistical sources

On the Search All tab, click on Databases by Subject to locate Resource Types:  Statistics for more links

  • Current Index to Statistics  
    Index to journal articles and books on statistics.
  • International Data Explorer
    Data from PIRLS, PISA, and TIMSS can be analyzed through ready-made tables or by creating own tables.
  • NCES: Tables and Figures  
    Use to search existing tables and figures from NCES
  • SimplyMap
    Create a map or report by combining demographic and/or business & marketing variables for a particular geographic area: census block group, census tract, Zip Code, city, county, or state.

Searching for books, media, and government publications

Use Prospector for books not available at UNC Libraries.  Search UNC Libraries catalog or other library catalogs from the Books & More tab. The Classic Catalog 'Advanced Search' permits combining terms with Boolean operators and limits by location, material type, language, year and publisher.

  • The Source Library Catalog  
    Index to UNC Libraries Michener and Skinner Music library holdings. Literature Review tip: look for "Handbook of Research" on your subject field - reading, language arts, writing, etc.
  • Prospector  
    Unified catalog of about 40 academic, public, and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming
  • WorldCat  
    Catalog of items held in libraries worldwide; found through the Articles & More tab; FirstSearch version has limited number of simultaneous users.

Searching for dissertations and theses

On the Search All tab, click on Databases by Subject to locate available resources under Resource Types:  Dissertations and Theses. For help locating UNC theses and dissertations, see the Dissertations at UNC research guide.

  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: Full Text  
    Online version of Dissertation Abstracts provides citations and abstracts for dissertations & theses from over 1000 colleges and universities, including UNC, with full text available 1997-
  • OregonPDF in Health and Performance
    Index to human movement theses and dissertations available on microfiche and in PDF for newer titles.
  • PQDT Open
    PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge. The authors of these dissertations and theses have opted to publish as open access and make their research available for free on the open Web.

Selected reference sources

The following books can be found in the Michener Library Reference Collection located on the main floor:

Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology - HA 17 .V64 2005
Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics - HA 29 .S2363 2007 v. 1-3
Encyclopedia of Social Measurement - H 62 .E53 2005 v. 1-3
Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods - H 62.S34 2004 v. 1-3

The following books are available electronically through Gale Virtual Reference library:

Encyclopedia of Case Study Research
Encyclopedia of Research Design
Encyclopedia of Statistics in Behavioral Science

Online reference sources

On the Search All tab, click on Databases by Subject to locate Resource types: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias for more online reference books.

  • Cabell's Directories
    Directories of scholarly journals in business, education, and psychology providing manuscript guidelines and other information about the journals.
  • Psychiatry Online: DSM-5  
    The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is a classification of mental disorders with associated criteria designed to facilitate more reliable diagnoses of these disorders.


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Sources about Tests

On the Search All tab, click on Databases by Subject to locate Resource types: Tests for more resources

  • Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print  
    Produced by the Buros Institute, this resource provides descriptions and reviews of commercially produced tests
  • PsycTESTS
    Contains a growing selection of unpublished psychological tests and measures, including thousands of actual test instruments and test items (surveys and questionnaires) that are available for immediate download and use in research and teaching.
  • Tests Research Guide
    Discover how to locate actual "unpublished" tests from journal articles, books, and online

Help with citing found resources

Save, collect, and organize references of resources used in research. Use Citation Styles and Style Manuals page for available resources.


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