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The Research Process

A guide to help develop skills in how to develop a research question and find resources to support your thesis.

Access Resources

When you find an article in a library database, you will have many options for what to do with it.

Before you can access subscription content in the library, make sure you are signed in to the library with your Saybrook email and password. From the OneSearch home page, click the Sign in option in the upper right corner. 

Here is an example of a search result in OneSearch. Some information is readily apparent such as the title, author, publication information and the fact that it is peer-reviewed. There are also options for things to do with the article right here in the list such as exporting to a citation manager, pinning it to your account, reading it, finding it online, etc.



If a result looks promising from the quick listing, it is a good idea to click the title to view more options and information. Clicking the title displays the full index record. In addition to providing links to read the full text either in PDF or HTML format from the record, there are options to send to RefWorks or Endnote, export a citation, print, create a permalink, cite, or email it. The location of the database(s) it is housed in is also provided under View Online


Scrolling down the index record, view the bibliographic information and subject terms associated with the article. These subjects provide valuable words to use for subsequent searches. Think of them as synonyms for your search terms.


Finally, view the description (abstract), publisher, and additional places the article may be linked.  At the bottom, a powerful tool is the Citations information.  Here, you can click the arrow links and find related articles: those cited in the result article and other articles citing this result article. This is a good way to find additional related articles on your topic.


The images above are from the OneSearch search engine but individual databases include similar options for viewing in PDF or HTML format, printing, emailing, exporting to a citation manager, etc. The options will vary by database provider. Here are some examples: