RCSC340-Introduction to Library Research

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Conducting primary and secondary source research will be an integral part of your learning experience in this class.

This Guide on the Side tutorial is designed to help you learn how to navigate the UA Main Library Research Databases from your D2L course site and how to utilize the Research Databases to conduct research.

Instructions will appear in the left-side pane of this tutorial.  Follow them as you navigate for yourself in the screen that appears to the right.

When you have completed this tutorial you should be able to:

  • Locate the Library Tools within our course D2L site
  • Access the UA Main Library Research Database via D2L
  • Locate all of the Research Databases available
  • Execute a search in Web of Science and Business Source Ultimate

Begin by signing in to D2L

 Next, access the course site Select a course in D2L

          Course name

From the Course homepage, click on the Library Tools tab

Library Tools tab

to access a customized page of Research Database tools for Retail and Consumer Science students.

The page should look like this:

Library Tools landing page

The sources in the red box are those that I think will be most helpful in finding articles for this class; however, please explore additional research databases, which can be accessed through the link at the bottom of the Find Articles section.

Find articles section

Google Scholar and Web of Science are two additional databases that you may find helpful when conducting research for this class.

Can you find them?

Step 1: link to the UA Main Library Research Databases

Link to all databases

Step 2: from the Research Database homepage, scroll over to "G" and left click on it.

Research database homepage

Step 3: Scroll down the page until you find Google Scholar. Left click on the name to access the information page for the Google Scholar database.

access the google scholar info page

Step 4: Access Google Scholar.

From this information page you can view a tutorial on how to use Google Scholar or enter the database.

Google Scholar information page

Let's conduct a search in Google Scholar for articles relating to Consumer Behavior and Prospect Theory.

1. Type "consumer behavior and prospect theory" in the search box.

2. Left click on magnifying glass to execute the search

steps to search Google Scholar

The search should return the following screen:

Google serach results screen

Try it on your own!

Search Google Scholar for "consumer behavior and anchoring".  Refine your search to items published between 2010 and 2017.  What is the first journal article returned?

Here is what a search for "consumer behavior and anchoring" for items published between 2010 and 2017 should return:

google search results

Can you find the Web of Science database?

First, return to the Research Database homepage

research database homepage

Next, find the databases that begin with W

W databases

Then scroll down to Web of Science and left click on the name to enter the database.

Web of Science

Let's try a search of the Web of Science

Topic search for "consumer behavior and prospect theory"

Topic search the Web of Science

Refine your search to a book chapter

Further refine your search by the Category of Economics.

What is the first citation returned from your search?


Return to the Library Tool tab in our D2L course site and open Business Source Complete. 

Access Business Source Complete

To conduct a search for articles on consumer behavior theory published in English between 2007 and 2017 in Scholarly Peer Reviewed Journals you would use the following search criteria: 

search criteria

How did you do?

Your search should have returned the following top 3 articles:

search results

 If not check your search terms and the search limiters

Search criteria and limiters


You have successfully completed this tutorial.

Happy Searching!



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