Getting Started

Getting started on your research can be simple with the help of NVU Libraries. Below you will find some helpful tips and tutorials to help get started on the research process. 

Using the NVU Libraries Website
Are you new to the website?

Don't let a fear of the unknown stop you from diving into our resources! View this helpful tutorial and learn how to quickly navigate the NVU Libraries website.

The NVU Libraries website is your gateway to all of our print and electronic resources and services. From the website you can access print and electronic journals, articles, books, and more.

Finding & Accessing Resources
How do I find resources on the NVU Libraries website or at the library?

Through the library website, you can access nearly all of our resources. Visit the following pages on the our website for information on accessing:

View these helpful tutorials on accessing library resources:

Searching with Keywords
I have a topic. What's next?

Sometimes narrowing your topic can be difficult. Use the tools listed below to help you find keywords and improve your “search vocabulary.” Enter a general search term into the Mind Map and Topic Finder platforms to find not only journal articles and encyclopedia entries, but a variety of topics related to the terms you entered. These tools are also great for building or improving your search vocabulary, but remember to be concise!

NVU Libraries also recommends viewing two helpful tutorials on developing keywords and keyword searching created by librarians at the University of Houston Libraries.

Scholarly Sources
What is a Scholarly Source?

College assignments often require that you do research on a topic with which you may be unfamiliar. The information you will encounter during the research process will come from a variety of sources, including digital and print news sources, magazines, books, blogs & personal websites, academic journals, and more. It is often the case that, among other sources of information, you will be asked to use information from scholarly sources in your research. So, what is a scholarly source?

Use the NVU Libraries Scholarly Sources Research Guide as a tool to help you understand what constitutes a scholarly source, The guide also includes helpful information on the peer-review process.

Writing & Citing
What is citing sources? Why do I have to do it?

Citing sources is the process by which you give attribution to the authors/creators of the information you use in your research. This helps you avoid unintentionally plagiarizing the work of another. Citations will appear within the body of your paper and at the end in the form of a bibliography, works cited, or references page. Most academic disciplines use a different style for citing sources. Commonly used citation styles include the American Psychological Association (APA) style, Modern Language Association (MLA) style, Chicago & Turabian styles, Council of Science Editors (CSE) style, and more.

Citing your sources is much more than just providing attribution, however. Your citations place your research in context. It shows that you are aware of and engaged in the research of that particular field. In short, it shows that that you are participating in the "scholarly conversation."

Use the NVU Libraries Citing Sources Research Guide to find helpful information on the major styles used at Northern Vermont University.

Where can I get writing help?

For help with writing, we recommend visiting the Writing Center or Academic Support Services offices on your home campus. Use the links below for more information.

Interlibrary Loan
I need it, but you don't have it. What do I do now?

The answer is simple! Interlibrary Loan (ILL). The NVU Libraries ILL service provides access to books, articles, and other assorted media from libraries all around the world. Visit the NVU Libraries Interlibrary Loan page for more information on this service. Please note that we are generally unable to borrow textbooks through interlibrary loan.


Ask a Librarian

We are always just a call, email, visit, or chat away. Visit our Ask A Librarian page to find out how you can contact us.