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Research Help

Reference Desk

Dick Smith Library offers research and informational assistance you can access in a variety of ways:

  • Call 254-968-9249 or come see us anytime during regular library hours.
  • Send questions to Ask a librarian. We'll respond as soon as possible.
  • Look for more information on this page.

The information listed below is designed to answer your questions and make your research endeavors more efficient and less stressful.

If the information you need is not listed, please contact the library's Reference Department (254-968-9249 or reference@tarleton.edu). We are eager to answer your questions.

Glossary of Library Terms

Research Strategies

  • Start Your Research
    • define information needs
    • select appropriate sources
    • identify periodical types
    • choose primary or secondary sources
  • Create effective searches
    • identify search terms
    • keep a research log
    • use search strategies  - phrases, Boolean operators,  truncation, and wildcards
  • Evaluate research findings