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Undergraduate Research Guide

The MRU Library has developed an Undergraduate Research Guide to help you navigate common research activities such as conducting a literature review, making presentations, writing abstracts etc.

Below is some further information on developing your searches, and finding and managing research from a Business perspective. 

Develop your search

Trying different keywords and using synonyms is important when searching. For example, one topic could be searched a number of ways:

"change management" theory
"change management" perspectives 
"change management" (theory or perspectives)

employee recognition "post secondary"
employee reward system (college or university)

respectful workplace effective
"interpersonal conflict" trends

Resources to help: The differences between Scholarly/Popular/Trade publications and Is this scholarly? There is a good definition with examples of GREY LITERATURE in Section D (p. 11) of the APA guide.

Below are three different ways to try searches to find academic articles (and trade publications):

I. Search every database at once

Search articles, books, multimedia & more

This is the same search box that is on the Library homepage. Once you've done a search, you can change the type of your results by clicking the filters on the right.

  • Check off Articles under the Resource Type filter to just see both popular and scholarly resources.
  • Check off Peer-Reviewed Journals under the Availability filter to find scholarly articles. Select Available online to retrieve full-text articles. 
  • Limit by publication date by using the Creation Date filter
  • Chain: find related articles by clicking on the red arrows (when available)
  • Use the Advanced Search link to open an advanced search box for more precise searching
  • Cite it usually provides a very accurate Reference for your article.
  • Click on the Google Scholar icon to take your search to this resource.

II. Google Scholar & other databases with good citation analysis

Several other excellent resources can be used to find scholarly material. The two below also provide a way to find articles and then use citation chaining to find more. Citation chaining refers to searching backwards and forwards in time to find additional relevant resources.   

If you find one good article make sure to "chain" by clicking Cited by and Related articles below its summary.
Does not include magazines or trade publications. 
The Advanced Search is found by clicking the menu icon (top left).
Besides providing links to articles in MRU databases, Google Scholar links to online repositories which contain articles the author has been allowed to upload. and ResearchGate are among the repositories searched by Google Scholar.
To set up off-campus follow Menu Icon --> Settings --> Library Links. 

III. Business-specific databases (trade & scholarly)

Use the first two databases to find trade and scholarly sources. You can apply limits for Trade PublicationsScholarly Articles, and by Date
After conducting a search change the list of results from Date/Most recent first to Relevance.
More business databases are available on the first page of the Business Guide

Manage and cite your research

There are a number of free citation managers that help with saving research. More information is available on the Library's citation management page. Two of the more popular are:

     Very useful if your research is mainly pdfs. It is recommended to get both the desktop and browser versions.  You can drag-and-drop pdfs into the desktop version which also has a Word plugin that will automatically insert in-text citations and create a bibliography. The browser version has a web importer that allows you to import web pages.  "Sync" the desktop and browser versions to access Mendeley anywhere in the world. Files and folders can be shared with other users.  The desktop version is installed on most MRU lab & library computers. Create a "Group" to share research (3 members maximum). As of 2022, Mendeley is encouraging the use of the Reference Manager for the desktop. 

Useful if much of your research is in html format. Has most of the same features as Mendeley. 


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