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How to "Do" Research

Citation management software, research strategies, and a list of links to citation style guides.

Getting Started - Finding Background Information

Deciding on and /or refining a research topic sometimes takes a bit of research itself. Don't worry if you aren't sure!

The page below offers discipline-specific guidance to reference materials such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and glossaries. The library staff are happy to help you navigate them or brainstorm with you. Talking it out can be really helpful in defining what it is you want to discover.

Background Information Resources

How to Use OneSearch

Evaluating Sources

Requesting Materials through Interlibrary Loan

If the full text of a book or article you find isn't available in the database you're using, click on the "Check for Available Services" link. It will either lead you to the full text in another database or give you the option to request the article through interlibrary loan.

If you find article references in places other than a Library database, feel free to email the complete article citation to to request the article.


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Greenville College Academic Honesty Statement


Greenville University is committed to helping students improve writing. The university expects all courses to contain a writing component as part of the evaluation of student progress. We expect students to produce written work that is focused, well developed, organized, and relatively free of grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors. Papers that fall short of this standard will not be accepted; the work will be returned to the
student for revision within a reasonable time. Students on a Christian college campus are expected to do all academic work with integrity. This means that they should practice academic honesty without exception. The university takes this so seriously we ask all incoming students to sign a statement guaranteeing that they understand the notion of academic integrity and will conform to the policies described below.

All forms of academic dishonesty, which include cheating and plagiarism, are inappropriate on our campus. Cheating and plagiarism are variations on a theme: Both involve offering the work of another as one's own. Students cheat and/or plagiarized when they:

  • Give or receive aid from another student or other person during a test, quiz, or homework assignment when they were told to work alone.
  • Copy all or part of another student's work—an exam, worksheet, homework assignment, essay, speech, musical composition, web production, etc.—and submit it as their own work.
  • Copy all or part of any published or copyrighted source such as a book, periodical article, or musical composition and submit it as their own work.
  • "Cut and paste" information from a digital source such as a CD-ROM or web page and submit it as their own work.
  • Steal ideas or conceptual frameworks from another source and submit them as their own without giving proper credit to the source.
  • Submit other people's work as their own (e.g., a roommate's term paper or one purchased over the Internet).
  • Ask someone else to complete a writing project for them and revise and edit the work in such a way that they are not really the one responsible for the final document.

(Please note: GU's faculty often encourage students to share their work in progress with others; in fact, the university even pays writing tutors to help students think through revising an assignment. This is simply a good habit for any scholar that we fully endorse. What we don't want students to do is let another person take over and complete an academic task that is their own responsibility.)

This list is not exhaustive but should give a clear idea of what constitutes academic dishonesty. In general terms, academic dishonesty occurs when people knowingly or unknowingly take credit for words or ideas that are not their own in work that is produced for a class, presentation, publication, or other public domain. All forms of cheating and plagiarism involve intellectual theft, and thou shalt not steal!

Students are responsible to use appropriate quotation marks whenever they use words from another source. They must cite sources for ideas that originated with others. They are responsible to learn the specific documentation methods required in their chosen academic disciplines. Whenever they are in doubt about how to cite sources or use others' writings in their own, they should ask a professor.

At GU, academic dishonesty has severe consequences. If instructors discover any instance of cheating or plagiarism, they are well within their rights to assign a failing grade for that assignment or for the course. Furthermore, they must report the student to the department head and the Office of Academic Affairs. This office will forward the information to the appropriate deans. If a second instance of academic dishonesty
occurs, the student will receive a failing grade for the course, and the case will be forwarded to the Vice President of Academic Affairs for review and possible further disciplinary action. A student may be expelled from the institution for repeated or extreme violations of academic integrity. Appeals can be handled through the normal judicial process.

Note from the Center for Teaching and Learning: Recycling previous work—even if it is your own work—is also known as “self-plagiarism.” If you see an opportunity to reuse work you have completed for another class, be sure to get instructor approval before doing so.