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SOWK 391: Methods of Social Research: Literature Reviews (Jarvis) [Fall 2020]: Library Orientation

Library Orientation

  • Start your search using Google Scholar, as it uses “natural language” and your search terms do not need to be specific.

    • Click on the star beside any journal articles you want to save.

    • In the upper right-hand corner, click on the star beside “My Library” to see the list of journal articles you selected.

    • Use “Cited by” and “Related articles” to find similar journal articles.

    • Click on the quotation mark (“) to see how the article is cited using APA format. *Be sure you check the citation before you submit your Literature Review assignment.*


  • Copy and paste the title of the journal article (removing any punctuation in the title),  include one of the author’s names, and paste into the GC library search box on the library’s home page.

    • Click on the title of the journal article.

    • If the journal article is not available online (if it is, there will be a blue box labeled “Access online”), click on a blue box labeled “Request it.” This will take you to the Interlibrary Loan Request form/page. 

      • Click “I understand...” box, then click on the green “Submit” box.

      • You will receive an email confirming the library has received your request.


  • To access the library’s databases, on the homepage for the library, click on the red box labeled “EBSCO.”

    • Choose the following databases for your search: Academic Premier, PsycARTICLES, PsychINFO, Social Sciences Full Text, and SocINDEX with Full Text.

    • Refer to chapter 2 of the textbook (2.3, “Finding Literature”, Figure 2.1, Boolean queries) to help you refine your search.

    • Follow the same steps for an Interlibrary Loan Request if the library does not have the journal article. 


  • Remember, the library staff are available to assist you at the “ASK” desk.

    • Writing assistance is available, too. No appointment is needed.

    • Every student in this course is expected to schedule at least one appointment with the library staff to discuss the Literature Review assignment.