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Resources for Conducting Research

Here is a compilation of some resources to assist you in your research projects (especially, not necessarily, for your Senior Individualized Project [SIP]) .

How to Use Library Databases to Search for Books and Articles

  • Searching for Books:
    1. The first place to search for books is Library OneSearch.
    2. If K’s Library does not own the book, then you can try MeLCat by clicking on the link under the purple MeL logo on the right side of the page. You can request the book from other MeLCat libraries in Michigan. It will be delivered to the Library circulation desk, and you will receive an email when it has arrived.
    3. Also try searching Western Michigan University library’s catalog.  You may borrow books from Western with your K College ID.

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EndNote Software & Zotero

  • If you are managing a large bibliography for your SIP or other research project, you may find the EndNote bibliographic software very helpful. It is available at the K College bookstore with an "educational discount" rate.
  • Note: you can apply for a Ham Grant to reimburse you for the cost of purchasing this software.
  • Note: there is now an excellent free piece of software called Zotero that is a plug-in to use with the excellent and free Mozilla Firefox internet browser. Zotero is in many ways much better than EndNote. And you can use it to organize your favorite websites too for much more than just generating bibliographies. It's excellent, free, open-source and worth checking out.

Related Departmental Links on SIP and Ham Grant