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Using KSU Stark Library Resources : Home

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This guide is designed to give students a basic overview of library research.  Faculty are welcome to use the entire guide or link to individual guides in Blackboard.  If you would like a specialized guide tailored to your class assignment, please contact a Stark librarian at

How to start researching a topic

Select a research topic directs students to an overview on choosing and refining a topic and includes links to extensive topic lists. Develop a research strategy contains examples on identifying keywords, pairing keywords for effective searching, and tips on selecting a resource.

How to find books & articles & videos

The links below give students step-by-step instructions (using screenshots and video) to locate resources in the library catalog, databases, and journal finder.

How to evaluate sources

Identify Scholarly Articles provides students with the characteristics of a scholarly article and highlights the peer-review process. Identify credible websites lists 6 criteria to evaulate websites along with a short overview video.

How to get help

There are many ways to contact a librarain for research assisstance.  Listed below are links for chat, phone, email and scheduling a personal research session.

How to cite research

Guides of the most commonly used styles, MLA, APA, and Chicago are listed below. You can also find the popular citation management software, refworks.  Citation guides contain style guide eBooks, example papers, links to PurdueOWL, and videos demostrating the creation of a works cited page and adding footnotes.