Research Guidance

Research Consultation
The SJ Libraries' Reference department provides drop-in reference service at campus library reference desks, e-mail and text reference through the Ask Us! Service, and one-on-one reference service by appointment.

Workshops
SJ Libraries run workshops throughout each semester on different aspects of doing research and using software. Find the workshop you want, and register online. Workshops are free to SJ students, faculty and staff members.

Research Survival Guide
Provides an overview of the research process, including choosing a topic, forming a thesis, finding and evaluating information, and citing information and avoiding plagiarism.

Finding Books
Provides simple directions for finding books at St. John's Libraries and beyond. Includes links to Worldcat, as well as the three public library systems serving New York City.

Finding Articles
A guide to finding articles at SJ Libraries. Includes choosing the right database, simple and effective search techniques, and differences between scholarly journals and popular magazines.

Google Search Tips
Provides useful tips for searching google, such as limiting by date range, type of Web site, and reading level. Also includes information on other features of Google, such as Google Books.

Evaluating Information
Includes tips for evaluating the quality of any source, print or electronic. What to look for, and red flags to avoid.

Citing: Styles and Tools
This page provides simple guidelines on when and how to cite sources, including links to guides for using the most common styles, including APA, MLA and Chicago.

Avoiding Plagiarism / Turnitin
This page provides basic information on plagiarism, including what it is, why it should be taken seriously, and how to avoid it.

Copyright Guidelines
Provides a rudimentary introduction to US copyright law.

Instructional Services
This page gives information about the department that oversees and coodinates instruction for using the library. Services provided in-class and online instruction, and the creation and maintenance of instructional materials.