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IWU OCLS: Personalized Search Plan


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What a student does... What an OCLS librarian does...

Step One - Learn how to Research


Step Two - Personalized Search Plans

  • Use Personalized Search Plans (PSPs) as you start to learn how to use library databases and if you get stuck in your research.


  • Creates a personalized search plan for you with step-by-step instructions on how to search the databases and find articles for your assignment.  
  • We do not pick out articles for you.

Step Three - Find Articles for Your Assignment

  • Follow the personalized search plan to find articles for your assignment. 
  • Use what you learn to find articles for future assignments. 

Step Four - Keep Learning How to Research

  • Use PSPs for your first few assignments and when you get stuck in your research. 
  • As you learn how to use library databases, you will be ready to research on your own. 


  • If you get stuck in your research, ask for a PSP. 


Personalized Search Plans

  • OCLS Librarians send instructions on how to find articles in library databases.
  • We do not send specific articles. 


Time Frame

  • We do not guarantee a same-day PSP.
  • For PSPs, please allow a minimum of two (2) business days (not including weekends or holidays) for OCLS to create your PSP. 
  • Graduate (Master and Doctoral) PSPs, may require additional time. 



Fill out the Request Form to request a PSP. 

Please include your topic and assignment requirements.

Do not only copy and paste your assignment requirements. 

Request PSP

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  • Librarians may not be available all open hours, but will answer ASAP.