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Undergraduate Research Portal

A guide to undergraduate research at WSU Libraries.


All workshops are held in 217 Ablah, unless otherwise indicated in the WSU Libraries Events calendar. Click on the date/time link to RSVP for each event.

The Savvy Researcher: Learn tips and tricks to locate relevant sources quickly and efficiently.

SmartSearch Tips and Tricks: Learn tips and tricks to find articles and other sources in SmartSearch. 

Researching the Digital World: Strategies for Quality Online Research:  The Internet was not designed with scholars and students in mind - a little knowledge and a few strategies can go a long way to becoming a savvy and efficient online researcher.

Writing a Literature Review: Learn all the steps to create an outstanding literature review – from conducting comprehensive research to synthesizing multiple perspectives to presenting your findings.

Finding Government Information: Learn how to locate government information such as census information, statistics, laws, and more.

Multidisciplinary Research Methods and Resources: Researching across disciplines and fields can be frustrating - there can seem to be an infinite number of resources relevant to your work. This workshop aims to reduce such unpleasant feelings by providing some helpful strategies for conducting efficient and thorough literature searches.

Avoiding Plagiarism: Learn to identify unintentional plagiarism, identify strategies to avoid plagiarism and become acquainted with relevant sections of 8.05 Student Code of Conduct at Wichita State. Co-taught with Student Conduct and Community Standards! 

Using Endnote to Manage Citations: Learn to use Endnote to upload citation data from library databases, create new citations in various citation styles, organize citations, and insert citations into a MS Word document.

Writing Papers and Citations in MLA Style: An introduction to important aspects of using the Modern Language Association (MLA) style to write and format research papers and citation lists. 

Writing Papers and Citations in APA StyleAn introduction to important aspects of using the American Psychological Association (APA) style to write and format research papers and citation lists. 

Welcome to the Undergraduate Research Portal!
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This guide is designed to assist WSU students involved in undergraduate research. In this guide, you'll find information on engaging in research, writing a literature review, and citing sources and avoiding plagiarism. The topics listed in the left column are all covered in Undergraduate Research Workshop series this semester.

This guide provides supplementary tutorials and information for these workshops. Check out the "How do I..." guide list for additional topics (listed below). If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a librarian, chat with a librarian in the "Ask-a-Librarian" tab or click on the "Find your Librarian" tab.

"How do I..." LibGuide list:

Worried about a research project? Want to get a step ahead of your classmates and earn college credit?

Enroll in LASI 170: Introduction to Library Research

Each semester, the University Libraries offers a number of workshops designed to strengthen the skills of students, faculty and staff in the use of online tools for research, presentation and teaching. Faculty and instructors can encourage student attendence at library workshops, and even offer extra credit for students that attend a workshop (certificates of attendance are available to students upon request).

The schedule for Digital Literacy Workshop Series is available online, you can find workshops and register to attend any of this semester's offered classes here.

Workshops are free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public. For questions, please contact Rachel Crane at, or (316) 978-5078


Ask A Librarian

Visit a librarian at the Reference Desk on the first floor of Ablah Library or contact a Subject Librarian to make an appointment.

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What are some reasons to contact a librarian?

‚Äč      To find the best resources for your topic
      To discuss strategies and develop skills for searching article databases and the library catalog
      To identify and locate primary source materials


If a librarian is not available, you may also seek assistance from other library staff during library hours who will refer you to the appropriate librarian or department as necessary. 

See the full schedule of library hours including Reference Desk, presession, intersession, and holiday hours for the main library (Ablah) and for the Chemistry and Music branch libraries. Ablah Library hours are also available on an automated phone line: 316-978-3581.

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    Circulation Desk (Ablah Library)  316-978-3582
   Reference Desk (Ablah Library)  316-978-3584
   Music Library  316-978-3029
   Chemistry Library  316-978-3764
   Interlibrary Loan  316-978-3167

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   Chat with us via the adjacent chat box. Our chat service is staffed during Reference Desk hours.
   If chat is not available, send us a question via e-mail.

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 Text us with research and other library-related questions to


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         Email a librarian with your question.

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Subject Librarians provide library instruction, order requested books and other materials, and provide all levels of research assistance for faculty, staff, and students in all departments and colleges. To find the librarian assigned to your subject area or department, go to the Directory of Subject Librarians.