Thursday, January 24, 2013

Let Us Show You the Way: Subject Guides Tailored to Your Research

A portion of the TWU Libraries' Physical Therapy Subject Guide.  The TWU Libraries feature 35 Subject Guides on their website (plus one on Writing & Citing), each focused on research in a particular discipline.  The Subject Guides are accessible via the TWU Libraries homepage under Research/Subject Guides.
If you're new to TWU--and even if you aren't--you may be unfamiliar with one of the handiest research tools available to you through TWU Libraries--Subject Guides

The scope of information available to TWU students and faculty and staff members is vast.  With such a wide range of print and electronic resources at your disposal, where do you start doing research for a paper or other project?  Wouldn't it be nice if you could consult an online collection of resources focused on the subject matter at hand?  With Subject Guides--useful collections of information tailored to research in specific disciplines--you can.

TWU Libraries' Subject Guides consist of webpages designed by information professionals, custom-built for research in specific disciplines and accessible as a group via the TWU Libraries homepage (the homepage can also be reached in Blackboard by clicking on the Library tab.Although by their very nature unique, Subject Guides have similar formats and content for ease of use when switching from one to another (the one exception is the Writing & Citing Subject Guide with its collection of writing-related tools and information.)  They feature suggested databases for researching journals and journal articles; suggested print and electronic books; internet links; news; and additional resources--all geared toward the subject at hand.  Also included?  The name, photo and contact information of a Subject Librarian experienced with research in that subject area--plus any additional resources the Subject Librarian considers useful for research in that discipline (faculty members and instructors are more than welcome to suggest additions to these pages by contacting the discipline's Subject Librarian.)

If you or your students would like help focusing time and attention on research resources in a particular discipline, turn to a TWU Libraries Subject Guide--and let us show you the way.

~Sandy Cochran

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