You can easily input (and format) journal articles, books, websites, and other resources for your paper with RefWorks!
RefWorks is a Web-based bibliography and database manager that helps you collect and organize citations and access them from any computer with a Web connection.
RefWorks will even take your list and generate a bibliography of references, using APA, MLA, or any other format you select.
When gathering records from other databases, look for instructions for how to directly export your records to RefWorks.
The process of literature searching is complex. You need to understand what you are searching for and why. Having a solid understanding of your topic, methodology, needs, and audience expectations is important. Talking about your topic with someone else will be helpful. Your librarian (Rachel) is always happy to talk about your topic, she will ask you lots of questions that are likely to help refine your thinking, identify strengths, and also areas of weakness.
Know there will be a lot of variation between students; no two processes will look exactly the same. Literature searching is not a 1-2-3 straightforward process. It is cyclical. You should constantly evaluate how you are searching and shift your approach as you go. You should expect to engage in a lot of "pre-research" before your formalize your searches. However, even with all this variation here is a basic outline of the steps you will take during this process.
You are likely to hit roadblocks in your search. You may not be finding relevant sources. There are several approaches you can take to reset your search strategy.
It's best to jump in and practice so you can determine what your individualized search process should look like. Your librarian (Rachel) is also happy to help you with designing a process that works for you and your needs.
The following links provide access to open access resources and literature. This is not a complete list, but will give you access to some of the major sites.
The following links provide access to open access and gray literature. This is not a complete list, but will give you access to some of the major sites.
For more inforamtion on open access go to:
SPARC, Open Access: http://www.arl.org/sparc/openaccess/
For more information on gray litearture go to:
IL ToolKit: Finding Information: Gray Literature http://www.doncio.navy.mil/iltoolkit/Types_Gray_Lit.htm
ACRL Internet Resrouces: Gray Literature http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/publications/crlnews/2004/mar/graylit.cfm