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IWU OCLS Tutorials: Develop a Search Strategy - Research Help


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Introduction to OCLS

Research Help





Research Help


Do you need help with a specific research topic? Contact Online Campus Library Services and request a Personalized Search Plan!


Personalized Search Plans (PSPs) tell you where to go, what to do, and how to do it. Your PSP will suggest the best online database(s) and search term(s) to use. Depending on what kinds of information you need, your PSP might help you to find appropriate print books, e-books, or journal articles.

Each PSP includes step-by-step directions to find trusted sources for your assignments and customized to your needs.

Request your Personalized Search PlanIn the form, let OCLS know what kinds of information you need – books, e-books, journal articles, websites, or peer-reviewed or research-based information.


PSP requests are answered in a minimum of two (2) business daysnot including weekends.


OCLS is closed Saturday, Sunday, and all university holidays and holiday weekends, so we encourage you to ask for your Personalized Search Plan early in your workshop weeks whenever possible.

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