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My Research Strategy

"My Research Strategy" will walk you through the steps of creating a research strategy for your specific topic.

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Embedded Library Catalog Search Box

You can embed this library catalog search box on your blog or course website.



Click here to get the html code.

Browser Search

google toolbar screenshotAdd the Library Catalog keyword search to your Firefox or Internet Explorer search box!

Click here to install full catalog keyword search or video keyword search.


"Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work - in the web browser itself."

Collect, Organize, Cite, Sync, and Collaborate Image


KnightCite is a online citation generator. Choose your citation style (MLA, APA or Chicago) and type of resource (book, article, chapter etc), enter in the item details and click submit. You'll get a formatted citation!
Note: Consult the appropriate style manual to verify the output of your citations.

Citation Builder (NCSU)

Citation Builder creates citations for you in APA, MLA, and Chicago CBE/CSE formats. Try it out!
Note: Consult the appropriate style manual to verify the output of your citations.

WorldCat - Get it from UNCW

Do you use WorldCat.org to find materials? Want to find out if UNCW has the item, or make an Interlibrary Loan request? Install this bookmarket to do this in one-click!

Step 1. Drag this button to your browser's bookmark toolbar. Don't know how to do that? Watch this video: Firefox | Chrome | Internet Explorer

WorldCat - UNCW ILL or Catalog

Step 2. Search in WorldCat.org (if prompted select “Stay on www.worldcat.org”)

Step 3. Click on the title for the item you want so that you are at a page that looks like this:

Step 4. Click on the "WorldCat" bookmarklet button you just added to your browser. If we have the item, you'll be brought to our catalog. If we don't, you'll be brought to Interlibrary Loan.

Watch this video for more demonstration:

WorldCat: Request Complete List of Libraries


Update: Our access to WorldCat via FirstSearch has been restored. Please use FirstSearch to get this information.

WorldCat.org displays a limited list of libraries that own any particular item. If you wish to get the complete list, please fill out this form. A library staff member will respond to you as soon as possible.

If you just want to place an Interlibrary Loan Request, please fill out the Interlibrary Loan form instead. We will make every attempt to find it in a library for you.

If you have a research question involving finding resources beyond Randall Library, please contact your Liaison Librarian.