DIY Research: Quick How-to's
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A little research can help your resume get through different screening processes and in front of the people making hiring decisions. Use these resources to find out what you need to know:
- Tips for Navigating the Online Application Process - It's all about the research
- This workshop for developing scannable resumes from the Purdue University OWL (online writing lab) is very comprehensive. Warning! It opens in PowerPoint.
- Online Job Search Library from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire has good sections on online, scannable and standard resume writing.
- Boston College's tips for choosing Resume Keywords is an excellent primer on this important skill.
APA Style & Tutorial
The newest edition of the APA is Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, 2009. Purdue has a useful guide for writing and citing in APA style: Purdue OWL APA
APA has a tutorial for the new edition: APA 6th Edition Tutorial
Click on a record in an EBSCO databases and one of the icons at the top of the page shows the citation for the record. You can also email the record in a selected citation format. Be sure to check your citations carefully!
In Writing 214 you will learn about writing in the workplace, which includes resumes, letters, reports, and memos.
You'll need to define your task, consider your research strategies, locate and access information, use the information, synthesize what you've learned, and finally evaluate your final product.
To learn about using library research tools to explore your topic, look at the first part of the OSU Libraries Tutorial Exploring Your Topic
When you graduate from OSU you are expected to have the following Undergraduate Information Literacy Competencies.
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Find Non-Profit Information
Oregon Public Policy Directory - compiled by UO librarians, contacts links to non-profits across Oregon, as well as other groups that work with public policy
Idealist.org - provides listings of services and events for non-profit and government organizations nationwide. There is also a nationwide jobs database to search. To do more than 3 searches on the site, you will need to register, but there is no cost.
GuideStar - provides contact information and financial information about non-profits nationwide, you will need to register, but there is no cost if you use the basic version
Check if the non-profit you are interested in has a webpage. Start there and call their office. An annual report can often provide you with helpful information about their organization.
WR 214 - Articles and Reports
Academic Search Premier
Use this database to find: journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles.
Coverage Dates: 1975 - present
Business Source Premier
Use this database to find: journal articles, news items, industry and company profiles.
Coverage Dates: 1886 - present
Use this database to find news information, industry and company profiles.
Coverage Dates: - Varies by title
Mintel Market Research Reports
Mintel offers market research reports covering US and International marketplaces. To use this database you need to create an online profile using your ONID email (only 3 people from OSU can be logged into this database at the same time. From the Mintel homepage you can browse by topic or use quick search.
Coverage Dates: - present
Searching for Online Information
Tools for managing your research
MyEbsco - create an account and login from any EBSCO database.
Zotero - a free, open source citation manager that does more than manage your citations:
Zotero handout (opens in PDF)
Firefox 2 browser: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
Finding facts & figures about government & the economy
U.S. Dept of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics. http://www.bls.gov/
U.S. Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/
for more information about government statistics resources, see the Government Information Guide
Finding Books in the Library Catalog
The OSU catalog lists all the books held in the Valley Library or storage.
The Summit catalog lists books at other regional libraries that can be retrieved for you and delivered within 3-5 business days.
WorldCat lists books that are available at other libraries in the United States, and sometimes in other countries. If you find a book you want, fill out a form through interlibrary loan. This service usually takes 2-3 weeks for delivery.