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Doctoral Programs: Getting Started


Reference Sources

Getting Started

Various types of literature are identifiable through TechCat, the library catalog, 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 TechCat

  • overview search for books & articles
  • automatically searches many of our databases but you may also add specific ones to broaden the search
  • place Interlibrary Loan requests directly from item record

Search a database (from Library Guides

  • deeper indexing
  • most databases are subject specific so may provide more complete results

If you have questions, please contact a Reference Librarian. (248-204-3000 or

Best Starting Points for all Programs

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.


Familiarize yourself with the tools that will make your research easier.  TechCat and most databases have a tool bar. Email, download, export the citation (reference) to RefWorks.

  • LinkSource - if no full text, click LinkSource in the item record - it will try to find it

Reference Librarian

Gretchen Weiner
Lawrence Tech Library

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.

Need help? Contact the library at 248-204-3000 or email