This is the "Getting Started" page of the "Doctoral Programs" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content

Doctoral Programs   Tags: dissertation, doctoral students, thesis  

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Getting Started Print Page

Getting Started

Thousands of books, journal articles, conference proceedings, and other types of literature are identifiable through TechCat+ and our subscription databases. Many of these are available electronically, while others may be found in the print collection or requested through interlibrary loan.

Start with an overview search for books & articles in TechCat+. It automatically searches many of our databases but you may also add specific ones to broaden the search.  To really zero in on a topic, you may want to search a few selected databases individually for the most complete results. If you have questions, please contact a Reference Librarian. (248-204-3000 or

  • TechCat for LTU  
    Overview of books, journal articles and visual material owned by or available through the LTU Library, and beyond. The main search includes 20 databases, and you can add more via Advanced Search.
  • MeLCat (Michigan eLibrary)
    Print books not owned not owned by the library may often be borrowed from other Michigan libraries. Delivery time is about a week. Books may be borrowed for 3 weeks with 1 (one) renewal allowed.
  • Interlibrary Loan
    In many cases you can make a direct "ILL" request from TechCat+. For more information on interlibrary loan or to submit a request using our electronic form click the link above.

Best Starting Points for all Programs

  • Business Source Complete+  
    Includes peer-reviewed articles, case studies, SWOT analyses.
  • SCOPUS  
    A comprehensive interdisciplinary resource, indexing thousands of articles in peer-reviewed publications. Reference lists included in citations as well as "cited by..."
  • ScienceDirect  
    Science, Technology, Health, Psychology, Management: full-text from 1995 to present - the GREEN box means full-text is available.
    RefWorks tip: use LinkSource to import citations into RefWorks

Consider These...

Here are a few additional suggestions as you begin your research. This is only a partial list of what is available, so be sure to check the appropriate subject guide for other possibilities.

  • Emerald Management Xtra
    120 top management journals online. For accessible full text, limit to "Only content I have access to".
  • Engineering Village (Compendex)  
    Engineering Index, abstracts 1970 to present. This is comprehensive listing of engineering information. Take advantage of the links in each record to search for the full-text, or ask a librarian for assistance.
  • IEEE Digital Library  Icon
    Journals, Proceedings, Standards, IET materials full-text from 1998 to present: 3,000,000 documents
  • LexisNexis
    Full-text newspapers, periodicals, newsletters, and data (1990-present)
  • SAGE Journals Online
    Covers social science, urban studies, education, management; over 500 full-text journals. Also includes 18 IMechE journals.


Familiarize yourself with the tools that will make your research easier.  Also look into the tools available in most databases. Almost all databases have a tool that allows direct export of citations to RefWorks.

  • LinkSource - look for LinkSource in any non full text item. This product looks for electronic full text in other available resources.
  • eJournal Finder  Icon
    Once you have the name of the journal or magazine the article was published in, type the publication title into the eJournal Finder search box to find out if LTU has access to the full text.
  • RefWorks  
    RefWorks may become your new best friend. This web-based software allows you to import citations, organize them in folders and create bibliographies. A plugin, Write-N-Cite, allows you to add in-text citations while composing your paper and will create a reference list from these citations. For more information, checkout the Citing Your Sources/RefWorks LibGuide.

Reference Librarian

Profile Image
Gretchen Weiner
Contact Info
Send Email

Ask a Librarian

Research Help Now!  Ask research/reference questions 24/7 via chat. Lawrence Tech partners with other academic institutions to provide 24/7 virtual reference service. So, if we are not available to assist you, a librarian from another institution will answer your question.

Contact an LTU librarian directly at Please put Reference Question in the subject line. Or call the library at 248-204-3000 during open hours.

If you need help, contact the library at 248-204-3000 or email

Loading  Loading...