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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.
You may also make an online or face-to-face appointment with a subject librarian. Learn more about individual research consultations.
COVID-19 Update: The Interlibrary Loan unit at Texas State has resumed normal operations. However, due to many libraries still being closed and not lending physical items, it may be difficult or slower than usual to obtain some items. Please be patient!
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 ILLiad, the online Interlibrary Loan request, 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.
Contact & Pick-up Info: 512.245.4893 or email with additional questions. Items can be picked up at the Checkout Desk on the 3rd floor of the Library.
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
Driver's Ed.- Orientation to Library Website
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