Skip to main content
Banner Image

Undergraduate Research Portal

A guide to undergraduate research at WSU Libraries.

Introduction

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.

Finding Reliable Sources: Learn to recognize the articles and books that are best for background information and best for more complex research questions. Understand the differences between primary, secondary and tertiary sources.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Developing a Research Proposal

Patent and Trademark Searching Basics: Learn how to search the USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database (PatFT), Patent Application Full-Text and Image Database (AppFT), and Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) effectively.

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.

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

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

Welcome to the Undergraduate Research Portal!
third floor Ablah

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. Some of these topics have been or will be scheduled in the Undergraduate Research Workshop series.

This guide provides supplementary tutorials and information for these workshops as well as resources available from WSU. 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.

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

Loading

Library Help

 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us! Librarians are available to help you get started on research, to help you access ebooks and articles, or to assist you with anything else you're having trouble with. Contact a librarian using any of the methods listed below.

  • Instant Message: Use the chat box on this page to send us a message
  • Call: (316) 978-3584
  • Text: (316) 453-6911
  • Email: wuknows@wichita.edu
  • Research Consultations: You can get in touch with the liaison librarian for your subject area to set up an individualized research consultation.  Research consultations can be done by email, over the phone, or even by Skype.
  • Tech Help: Having trouble with Blackboard or your myWSU account? Call the Help Desk at (316) 978-4357.

Login with your myWSU ID and password to request a copy of an article or book. Articles are emailed to you and requets can usually be filled within a day or so. Books take 3-5 days on average and are sent to Ablah Library for you to pick up. It's free!

Loading

Tutorials and More Help

This page includes links and helpful resources for students engaging in undergraduate research at WSU. The university offers a number of different resources including tutors, study workshops, resource labs and more. Check the Honors College website for even more helpful information on undergraduate research, including funding and publication opportunities.

Looking for a faculty member to work with? Sometimes finding a faculty mentor to work with is as simple as asking your current professors. The Honors College has some suggested strategies for contacting faculty members about their availability.

Faculty Research Interests
Check out the list below to see current faculty projects in need of a student researcher. You may also want to look at different departmental webpages on the WSU website. Look for lists of faculty member bios in that department; these will often include current research projects each faculty member is working on.

SOAR
Browse through SOAR, WSU's Institutional Repository, to see what kind of research projects and papers WSU faculty members have published. This can help you target in on a faculty member that has similar research interests as you, and give you some talking points when you approach that faculty member as a possible mentor.

Loading