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A Guide to Books, Journals, Websites, and Other Resources
Last Updated: Jun 3, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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This guide is intended to help you start your research - it is not a complete list of all materials available.

Please contact me if you would like further assistance (see the box with the photo on the right).

Validate Your ID

To access online resources you must validate your ID each semester. Online validation is not immediate - you can also go into any UH Library to validate your ID.


Did you know you can make an individual appointment with a librarian?  Get help with finding sources, citing sources, Laulima, computer basics, etc.

Book-a-Librarian today!

Films on Demand

Films On Demand is a state-of-the-art platform streaming educational videos in numerous subject areas, including Business, Health, Humanities, Maths, and Sciences - both Natural and Social.  Ask your instructor if you can use a film clip as a source for your paper/project.

How To Do Academic Research

Some Things You MUST Accept About Academic Research

1.  Academic Research takes TIME - much more than you think.  Finding any information is easy, thanks to Google.  But finding GOOD information requires some effort.

2.  Academic Research is a trial-and-error process: you will search, see what you get, look for other keywords, subject headings, and alternative terms authors use that you hadn't thought of... and then use those to search again.

3.  Academic Research requires looking in more than one place.  The really important scholarly stuff isn't available freely on the Internet and isn't collected conveniently together - you'll have to search several databases, depending on the types of sources you need.  {You did read your assignment to find out what types of sources you're supposed to be looking for, right?}

4.  You will read much more than you will use.  You may only need 5 sources, but you will probably review 2-3 times that many to find the 5 that are best for your particular need.

5.  Ready for some good news?  Most academic sources have a list of references - just like the one you need to create - so often one source will lead you to other sources on your topic.

Topics, Thesis, and Keywords

The Topic Strategy Guide shows you how to choose a topic, focus the topic, develop a thesis statement, and select search terms and strategies to find resources on your topic.

Research Strategy

Zotero and Mendeley are two freely-available bibliographic management programs.

Mookini Library also subscribes to two online bibliographic management services that allow UH Hilo faculty and students to store and organize citations and can automatically create a draft bibliography* from the citations.  RefWorks and EndNote Web take some getting used to, but are valuable tools. Both have good tutorials and help pages or you can Book-a-Librarian for an introduction.

* You are still responsible for verifying the correctness of the automatically-created bibliography, but that's still easier than typing the citations yourself!


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I am a Public Services Librarian, serving both UH Hilo and Hawai'i CC. I am also the Distance Learning Librarian for both campuses, providing library support for distance learning faculty and students.

Government Documents

The U.S. government publishes useful material via the Government Printing Office (GPO) and as a Federal Depository Library, the Mookini Library receives a small percentage of what is published.  Documents are listed in the Hawai‘i Voyager catalog just like books and other materials. Print documents that have not been added to the General Collection are located on the Upper Level in the Government Documents collection.

To find online information, see our Government Documents page.


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