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Honors Thesis resources for CLA students: Basic Research Skills

A curated collection of helpful resources for students writing honors theses.

Library resources

Get familiar with how the library works and all of the resources we provide using the links and videos below.

Tune up your search skills

The Library offers access to a range of tutorials and videos from CredoLit that will help students with their research process. Take a look at the titles in the Library Guide HERE and skip around and sample what is helpful to you.  

Start your research. Sample titles in CredoLit that will help you get started on your research include:

Academic integrity

Explore the  Academic Integrity tutorial

This tutorial will help you understand:

  • the value of information 
  • working with integrity
  • the importance of citations

Get resources from other libraries

While Drew Library has a lot of resources, students may need access to something we don't have. Use interlibrary loan (ILL),  a service that allows the Library to borrow materials from other libraries on behalf of Drew students, faculty and staff. ILL is easy to use and turnaround times can be as little as 1-2 business days. You should never pay for articles while you are at Drew University: use ILL instead.

View the brief video (3:39) below to learn how to use ILL.

From the start...

In order to research and write a great thesis, you need a solid foundation of research skills. The most important first step is to have a clear research question or statement. One strategy to use is concept mapping. Check out the video (3:37) below for more info. (Source: Belk Library, Appalachian State Univ)

Use Boolean logic

Using Boolean operators

Searching academic databases requires that users employ boolean logic. View the short video (1:20) below to refresh your memory about this important search strategy.

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