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Roadmap to Research: Home

This guide will help you get ready for research, and introduces you to the how-tos of conducting research.

Rest Stop

What is the hardest part about research for you?

Rest Stop
Deciding on a topic: 22 votes (32.84%)
Finding credible sources: 10 votes (14.93%)
Writing a rough draft or outline: 11 votes (16.42%)
Writing the actual paper/project: 12 votes (17.91%)
Citing sources: 12 votes (17.91%)
Total Votes: 67

Ask a Librarian

Use the Ask a Librarian service for questions about library resources, research assignments or other information. We offer chat and text, or you can email your question.

You may also make an online or face-to-face appointment with a subject librarian. Learn more about individual research consultations.

Interlibrary Loan

NOTE: Please see the Remote Services LibGuide for updates to ILL services during Spring 2020.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free lending service available to current Texas State students and employees. ILL borrows items from other libraries that Alkek Library does not own such as journal articles, books, DVDs, CDs—anything you might need for your research.

Use the online Interlibrary Loan request system ILLiad to order your ILL items. Enter as much information as you know about the item you need, and the ILL staff will try to track it down.

Depending on the type of item you're requesting, turnaround times vary—to be safe, plan to wait a few business days for an article and at least a week for a book.

Contact & Pick-up Info: Items can be picked up at the 3rd floor Checkout Desk. Please call 512-245-4893 or email with additional questions.

PRIMO Tutorial!

This tutorial has been accepted into the Association of College & Research Libraries Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) project and database. It was created by MLS Student Kara Dixon and submitted and accepted to PRIMO in 2012.

Welcome to Roadmap to Research


This tutorial is intended to rev up your research skills and assist you in every step of your research paper or project.  Drive through the information highway by following the "Hwy” tabs along the top.  You can also taking a short cut by clicking on an individual tab that is relevant to your interest. 

After completing the modules above you will be able to:

  • Identify types of information resources and their value
  • Identify potential resources for your research focus
  • Learn how to access appropriate databases, journals and other search systems on the library's website
  • Learn tips and tricks to improve your search results
  • Evaluate sources and websites
  • Understand how to give credit to your sources and avoid plagiarism

Happy Researching!

Driver's Ed.- Orientation to Library Website

Click this image to go to a "Driver's Ed." tutorial.


Request a TexShare card through this request form or sign up at the Checkout Desk on the 3rd  floor.

  • Texshare cards allow you borrowing privileges at many local libraries, including the following participating libraries.
  • All current Texas State students and employees are eligible.
  • Cards are valid for 1 long semester.
  • Materials must be returned to the same library from which they were borrowed.
  • You are responsible for any charges for lost or damaged materials. 
  • Students that do not return items will have "holds" placed on their records. This will prevent you from registering for classes, obtaining transcripts or grades, etc.
  • For questions about TexShare contact the Checkout Desk at 512.245.3681 or via email.