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Info for Ph.D. students

How can I find articles in foreign languages?

JSTOR is a good place to start when looking for scholarly articles in foreign languages. JSTOR is a research database that indexes and provides the full-text articles from a large collection of scholarly journals. To access JSTOR, click on Research Databases on the library webpage. Then go to "J" in the alphabetical list to find the link to JSTOR. If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your name (firstname lastname) and your library barcode number. Once in JSTOR, click on Advanced Search. On the Advanced Search page, you can limit your search by language. Languages available include Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, although subject coverage in certain languages may be limited.


Another source to check for foreign language articles is Academic Search Complete, where you can limit your search by language.

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How can I find dissertations?

To find dissertations written by Salve Regina students, do a keyword search in the HELIN library catalog for Salve Regina University thesis. Copies of dissertations located in the Salve Main Collection can be found by their call number on the second and third floor of the library.


Some Salve dissertations are also available online in our digitial repository eScholar. Copies of Salve dissertations are also kept in Special Collections, which is located in the garden level of McKillop Library and requires an appointment for access.

There are several sources for finding dissertations written by students at other schools. If you are looking for a particular dissertation by title or author, you can check in the HELIN library catalog to see if a copy is available in the McKillop Library collection. If not, try a search in Google to see if the dissertation is available in full-text online. If not, you can use interlibrary loan to request it.

If you are searching for dissertations by topic, there are free and openly-available online sources such as PQDTOpen, Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), and Open Thesis. Another source for finding dissertations by topic is the library research database Dissertations from FirstSearch, available from the library's Research Databases page. The majority of dissertations located through this database will need to be requested by interlibrary loan, but please check the HELIN library catalog and Google first.


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How can I have McKillop Library books sent to me?

Because you are a Salve Regina University student we are happy to loan and ship our library books to you. Using the library catalog you can locate materials that are on our shelves. After locating a book you would like, simply use the interlibrary loan request form for books. Be sure to indicate that you are a PhD student and you would like the book shipped to your home. You may indicate this in the box marked "Maximum amount you are willing to pay for this item". Please note that we can only send books owned by McKillop Library, not books owned by other HELIN schools.

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What is RefWorks and where can I get help using it?

RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic management tool that allows you to save citations to books, articles, and websites into your personal RefWorks account, and then automatically format a bibliography using those citations. Many research databases such as JSTOR or Academic Search Complete allow you to export citations directly into your RefWorks account. For more detailed instructions, please visit our RefWorks user guide.

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What other tutorials and guides are available?

Need more help? Call the Info Desk at 401-341-2289.

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