Looking back at 2018, I’m proud of what the library team accomplished last year. Some noteworthy achievements include:
In 2019, we’re going to keep looking at ways to innovate our services and expand our reach to get you the library resources you need when you need them.
Happy new year from all of us at the Library!
Michelle Hajder Director, Walden University Library
We’ve just updated our Database Search Skills Guide, and it’s full of information that will help you find what you need to ace your coursework.
Let the library guide you on how to Decide on a Topic that will work for your research project. A topic that’s not too big, not too small, but just right. Our guide will also help you Identify Relevant Databases so that you can find quality articles right away without having to wade through unrelated results.
Did you know that using Keywords, not whole sentences, is the way to go when searching a library database? The guide can help you determine which words will work best and, just as important, how to Connect Keywords so that you’re getting what you need.
There is also information on how to Find Subject Terms, basic and advanced help on using Search Limiters, Advanced Search Tips and how to Save and Share what you find. These search techniques will help you find research articles quickly and efficiently.
Take some time to explore and experiment with different searches. Spending a little time up front will save you lots of time down the road as you look for research to support your assignments and discussion posts throughout your program.
And remember, if you have any questions, you can always Ask A Librarian!
Get to know the Walden Library Librarians. A new Librarian will be featured in every newsletter!
If you are a doctoral student who is struggling with research, information literacy, or any other library-related skill,you can make an appointment with a librarian to get assistance. Select Doctoral Research Appointment on our Ask a Librarian page to make an appointment with a librarian in your subject area.
Is there a library topic that has you confused? Or an assignment that requires intense and in-depth research? Perhaps there's a resource that is confusing to navigate? Please provide us with some suggestions for topics you'd like to see us cover.
Did you submit one of the more than 16,000 questions received in 2018 through the Library’s Ask a Librarian service? If not, now’s the time! Let the Library help you with your research, point you to a specific database or article, and more. The Ask a Librarian service offers several different ways for you to contact us with your Library question:
So come check out Ask a Librarian and choose the service that is best for your research needs!
Did you know that you can discover Walden University publications using the Library's Thoreau search tool? Thoreau combines most of the Library's subscribed and open access content into one convenient search experience. You can use Thoreau to filter your results down to Walden journal articles, dissertations, and more to view research the University has published on your topic.
Of course, you can always go to ScholarWorks for direct access to the University's intellectual output.
Looking for a way to organize all the articles that you collect from your courses and research? Give citation management software a try. This is software that you can download onto your computer and integrate with an online version. You can save article citations and full text with the software, and then create your own filing system with folders for each course, or topic, or whatever theme you choose. There are a lot of different kinds of software to try; some are free, some need to be purchased. The Library’s Citation Management Software guide will get you started with advice about choosing software and making it work for you.
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