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Education Studies: Getting started

This is a guide for graduate students in Education Studies.

Getting Started

This guide is for those who need help with their research projects.  Below are a few basic research tips.  For a more detailed library and research FAQ click here.  For help with more specific kinds of sources, click on the blue tabs above.

For a guide to online primary sources, click here.

  • To connect to UCSD databases from off-campus use these services.
  • To see online reference books like dictionaries and encyclopedias, click here.
  • To connect to the UCSD wireless network with your laptop, follow these instructions.
  • To use a printing account and your laptop to print in a lab, click here.
  • To photocopy, and to print from library computers, use your UCSD ID.
  • To be able to use all library services, set up your My Library Account.
  • To see when the libraries open and close, check the library hours.
  • To see what your instructors have put on Reserve, click here.
  • To get materials not available on campus, find out about Requesting Books & Articles.
  • To create an online bibliography of your research, see our guide How to Cite.

Organizing your Research Paper

The University of Southern California has an excellent guide to helping you organize and write a quality research paper for any class in the social sciences. Also included are recommendations regarding how to manage specific course assignments. Note that, if you have specific questions about how to write a research paper, you should always seek advice from your professor before you begin. Specific requirements stated by your professor will always supersede instructions provided in these general guidelines:

Organizing your Social Sciences Research Paper

Citation Management: RefWorks & Zotero

EndNote Online is useful for collecting and sharing records from multiple databases, citing references, creating bibliographies, and is free to UCSD employees & students as part of The Library's Web of Science subscription bundle. Use your full UCSD email address as your username and make up a password. 

Zotero is a Firefox browser plugin. It is a fully functional citation management tool that integrates with your browser so that your documents and citations are always handy. Especially useful is its ability to take snapshots of online content including Google Scholar search results. A plugin for word processors is available for manuscript preparation.

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