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The Writing Center manages scheduling via a web-based program called Tutor Trac.
Use discoverE to find books, journals, videos, government documents, microfilm collections and other materials at the Emory libraries, which include Woodruff, Pitts Theology, Health Sciences Center, McMillan Law, Guy Chemistry, Math & Science Center and, Oxford libraries.
Getting personalized research assistance is easy! Librarians are available to help you in-person or via telephone, e-mail, and IM.
Face-to-face help is available at the Woodruff Service Desk on level 2. For our service hours, please see our current service desk hours.
Appointments with a subject specialist can be made by current Emory students, faculty and staff. To set up a consultation appointment with a subject librarian, see our Subject Librarian Directory and e-mail the appropriate librarian. If you do not see a liaison for your subject, please contact us using the e-mail form.
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Using Interlibrary Loan (ILL), you can:
You will be notified when your materials arrive (most materials are obtained within 2 weeks).
Emory students, faculty and staff can borrow materials from the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Georgia State by presenting an Emory ID.
They have also limited borrowing privileges at some local libraries. Before planning your visit, you must get an interlibrary use card from the Library Service Desk on Level 2.
For more information, please visit our page on borrowing materials from local libraries.
From the Catalog tab in discoverE:
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Consult the discoverE help page for further tips.
If a book you're looking for is at Oxford College, in Storage, or checked out, don't fear!
Books that are in Storage or at Oxford can be requested, and checked out books can be recalled.
You'll be notified by email when the item is available. NOTE: if the item is checked out, the borrower has two weeks to return it.
For more information, see Find Articles at Woodruff Library guide.
discoverE defaults to searching "Academic Search Complete," a broad multidisciplinary database.
To search other databases, use the drop-down menu to choose a subject:
Databases like JSTOR, LexisNexis, and Academic Search Complete provide citations and/or full text of journal articles, books, and other materials. Emory University Libraries pay for access to the contents of more than 400 databases. See our Databases page for a complete listing. For help with searching databases, see our Finding Articles at Woodruff research guide.
Access from off-campus is available only to current Emory University students, faculty and staff, and requires an Emory Network ID and password.
Google Scholar searches specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research.
A primary source is a document, recording or other source of information created at the time being studied, by an authoritative source, usually one with direct personal knowledge of the events being described.
Primary sources include diaries, letters, family records, statistics, speeches, interviews, autobiographies, film, government documents, or original scientific research.
Primary sources can be found in Woodruff's Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL).
You can also find many primary source materials via
In the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL), you can browse rare books, read original letters and manuscripts, and listen to rare recordings.
For hours, services, and guides to the collection please see the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library page.
Zotero helps you collect, manage, and cite research sources. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies using Word or Open Office.
Questions to ask:
Is it a university press -- in which case the material is more likely to be scholarly -- or a well-known publisher?
That is, are the author's ideas supported with research documented by footnotes, a bibliography, and/or a works cited page?
The "Five Criteria," used for evaluating WWW sites, can be used when evaluating information from any source (magazine articles, books, newspaper articles, etc.)
Q: How do you know if a website is a reliable source of information?
A: Ask questions.
Put websites to the test by using the UCLA Libraries' Thinking Critically about World Wide Web Resources page to guide you. Created by Esther Grassian, the UCLA Library and used with permission.
How do you know if a source that you find is research paper quality?
Try putting it through The CRAAP Method of Evaluating Information, a series of questions developed by librarians at California State University, Chico.
This test is designed to work for all information sources, including websites.
Click here to find the complete CRAAP Test pdf - just one page!
The acronym CRAAP stands for:
Currency: The timeliness of information.
Relevance: The importance of information for your needs.
Authority: The source of the information.
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the information content.
Purpose: The reason the information exists.
The Citing Your Sources research guide provides information on why you should cite your sources, plagiarism and how to avoid common mistakes, as well as a list of style manuals. A selected list of style manuals are listed below.
The Chicago Manual of Style Online
Also in print: 16th ed. Z253 .U69 2010 Reference Desk
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed.
In print: LB2369 .G53 2009 Reference Desk
See the Purdue Online Writing Lab MLA Formatting and Style Guide for some online help.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed.
In print: BF76.7 .P83 2010 Reference Desk
See the Purdue Online Writing Lab APA Formatting and Style Guide for some online help.
The Electronic Data Center, located in Room 217 of the Woodruff Library, provides assistance with locating numeric and spatial data for research purposes. Please note that the Data Center does not advise patrons on methodological issues or assist them with doing their data analysis. For more information on services and staff hours, please visit the Electronic Data Center homepage.
Woodruff Library is again sponsoring an award for undergraduate research. A panel of faculty and librarians will award up to three prizes of $500 each to those undergraduate students who:
1) make extensive use of Woodruff Library’s collections and research resources in their original scholarship;
2) show evidence of critical analysis in their research skills (i.e., locating, selecting, evaluating, and synthesizing information).
At least one prize will go to a first-year student.
We encourage submissions from undergraduate students who have submitted extraordinary research papers for a credit course from the current academic year. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 6th, 2013.
For more information and to apply, please visit http://web.library.emory.edu/services/woodruff-library-undergraduate-research-award.
Start by searching discoverE, the library catalog. But be
aware that many of our print and microfiche government documents are not yet
Here are additional tools to identify government publications. If you need assistance in searching, please don't hesitate to ask for help.
Woodruff Library has millions of pages of newspapers, government documents, manuscript and archival records, and other primary source collections in microformat. Microforms are a storage medium containing materials that are photographed at a greatly reduced size for ease of storage and preservation.
The most common types of microforms are microfilm, which resembles a pint-size movie reel; and microfiche, which looks like a large plastic index card. Woodruff's microform collections are listed in EUCLID and discoverE and are physically located on Level 1 of the Robert W. Woodruff Library. They can be viewed, printed and scanned using special equipment also located on Level 1.
It takes practice to search for and use microforms effectively - so ask for help!