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If you would like a guided tour around Joyner Library's webpage, click the image below to be taken to a Guide on the Side tutorial that will walk you around many of the important locations for research at ECU.

Library 101

This guide is meant to assist Graduate Students in learning the main tenets of the research process. For additional help with navigating Joyner Library, you may wish to also go through Library 101, which is an overview of the basics.

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Graduate 101

Graduate 101 Outcomes

Take the Self Assessment Quiz to see what you need to review in Graduate 101. 

You can take the quiz before or after reviewing the Graduate 101 tutorial.

As a result of Graduate 101, graduate students should be able to: 

Tutorial Sections Outcomes


  1. Locate dissertations at and outside of ECU
Literature Review
  1. Outline the literature review process
  2. Identify types of literature reviews
  3. Write a literature review
Discipline Info
    1. Summarize the differences between qualitative and quantitative research
    2. Recognize the anatomy of articles in your discipline
        Search Techniques
        1. Construct an advanced database search using Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), truncation, exact phrase searches, or nesting
        Find Articles
        1. Select an appropriate database for your search
        2. Apply database limiters to your search
        3. Recognize elements of a database record
        4. Retrieve appropriate articles on your topic
        Find Books
        1. Construct an advanced catalog search
        2. Identify a book's title, call number, and location
        3. Retrieve a book from the library using a floor map
        1. Construct an advanced OneSearch search
        2. Apply OneSearch limiters to narrow your search
        3. Retrieve appropriate materials on your topic
        1. Import and organize citations from library databases
        2. Export a bibliography created in RefWorks
        Get Help
        1. Contact a Librarian