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by Amy E. Gratz last modified Feb 13, 2014 11:56 AM

If you have any questions that aren't answered by the guides below, please ask a librarian for assistance!

  • Primary or Secondary Source? - Which came first, primary or secondary, and what does it all mean?  This guide explains it all and give you examples to help you find what you need.
  • Scholarly, Trade, and Popular Publications - Need to find an academic, peer-reviewed, or scholarly article?  Don't know what  "trade" source is? Check out this guide to help you identify what they are and how to find them.
  • General Search Tips and Strategies - This guide offers some suggestions on how to get started searching for the information that you need and some key features in the databases that you might have missed.
  • Evaluating Sources with the C.R.A.P. Test - Have you been told that the sources you use are crap?  This guide can show you how to evaluate and pick sources that will get you an A+ on that next assignment.
  • How to Write an Annotated Bibliography - Don't know what an annotation is, or how to write one? This guide explains what you need to do for this often confusing assignment.
  • How to Identify Scholarly Articles - Not sure whether or not you have a scholarly article? This guide describes the main features of most academic articles.


    • Locating Maps and other Cartographic Materials - Need to look up a location, illustrate a report, or create a custom map? This guide lists the best places to find various types of maps. 
    • Articles Delivered by RSS - Useful for faculty and other researchers with long-term projects, this guide shows you how to create database searches as RSS feeds, and have new articles sent directly to you.

      • Academic Search Complete (video available here) - this guide demonstrates searching in this multidisciplinary, user-friendly database.
      • ARTstor - how to use this database, that provides over 1.5 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences.
      • LexisNexis Academic - learn how to use this database to locate newspaper articles, company profiles, and legal information.
      • Web of Science - learn how to use this citation database to find articles in the sciences and humanities.
      • ScienceDirect (video available here) - this guide demonstrates searching this publisher-specific database containing primarily scientific, medical and technical information.
      • Value Line - learn how to use this database containing information on stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks.


          The links below will provide examples of how to cite sources in the four main citation styles used at Mercer University. The print versions of the manuals are available at the Circulation Desk for in library use.

          Wondering why there are so many different citation styles? Find out here!


          Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is software that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, lives in your web browser where you do your work, and best of all it's free. This tool will help you keep track of the sources you use for your projects, and also help format the citations!

          Prefer a video tutorial? Check these out:

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