Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web that will make research for your assignment easier.
Provide current information
- Library shelves contain more than 1500 bound and current journals.
- Microform (film or fiche) available for dozens of leading newspapers, as well as other periodicals.
- Databases index articles found in journals and magazines.
- Citation only.
- Citation and a short summary of the article (abstract).
- Full text.
- General, covering many kinds of topics, and specialized, for specific disciplines.
How to Access Databases
- On-campus: In the library or HELC.
- Off-campus: Login with your Buff Advisor username (for example, js123456) and your Buff Advisor password (for example, buffaloes).
- Database citations not in full-text may be located in Cornette Library's online catalog, or the list of online journals.
- Use Interlibrary Loan to request articles inaccessible through Cornette library. Allow up to 2 weeks for articles (3 weeks for books) to arrive.
- CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
- Citations and some abstracts to over 1,200 nursing journals, books, software, and other publications. Links to full-text when available. Indexing by nurses and/or nurse/librarians.
- Nursing Collection (Your Journals@Ovid)
- Full-text of articles from 39 nursing journals. Has a limit of 40 concurrent users statewide
- Health Reference Center: Academic
- A collection of medical and professional journals, general interest health and fitness magazines, pamphlets, and reference sources. Most information has full-text within this database.
- Dissertations and Theses - Full Text
- Indexes over 1.6 million dissertations and theses. Full-text of digitally submitted dissertations since 1997 available.
- Displays in most of our databases. Links from a citation to one or more of the following:
- One or more links to full-text of the cited article,
- A link to a pre-set search of the Cornette Library catalog for the cited item,
- A link to a pre-filled Interlibrary Loan request form for the article, or
- A link to various help options.
- For more information see the tutorial Using SFX to Link to Articles
- Ask at the Reference Desk (first floor) or Periodicals Desk (second floor).
- Call 651-2215 during the hours Cornette Library is open.
- Use the "Ask A Librarian" page for electronic reference support.
- Any research with human subjects done under the authority of an institution must be approved by the institution's IRB (Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects). For example:
- West Texas A&M University's IRB is a standing committee
- Applicants must contact the Board through the Dean of the Graduate School
- Obtain guidelines for research
- Obtain permission to proceed with the research
- IRB forms are available online from University Forms
- Has a Cover Sheet for Submission of Proposals to the IRB
- Has a Checklist - IRB Submission
- More information is available from:
- West Texas A&M University Policy and Procedures for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research
- LD 5905 .A5 W475 1999 (Temporarily shelved at Circulation Dept. - Reserve Shelves)
Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?
- To give credit to the author of the information you use.
- To avoid plagiarism (WTAMU Code of Student Life: Appendix I-Academic Integrity Code). Plagiarism is a serious offense that can result in a failing grade or worse!
- So that others can verify the information.
- To assist others in doing their own research.
American Psychological Association (APA Manual)
- Dr. Taylor requires you to use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
- A copy of the fifth edition of the APA Manual is located at the Reference Desk.
- Additional assistance is available from Citation Basics.
- Suggestions for improvements?
- Particularly helpful items?
- Please email Linda Chenoweth.