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UCO 1200 The Art of Embodiment: Research Guide

research guidance and help finding appropriate sources on topics related to this course


About this Guide

Welcome to the library research guide for UCO 1200: The Art of Embodiment. It's designed to provide research guidance and help you find appropriate books, articles, and other resources on topics related to this course. All links on this guide open in a new page.

Belk Library Homepage

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Research Advisory Program

Research Advisory Program

The Research Advisory Program (RAP) provides one-on-one research assistance for students. Sessions are conducted in person, by phone, or online.

University Writing Center

University Writing Center

Get support at any stage of the writing process from experienced professionals

AppState University Writing Center

APA from the UWC

AppState's University Writing Center has assembled a comprehensive set of APA resources and is the recommended place to start if you need help.

Library Video Tutorials

Library Video Tutorials

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Video tutorials on how to use APPsearch, library databases, evaluate sources, and more!


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A Note about Wikipedia

As you know, Wikipedia is rarely an acceptable source to cite in a college research paper. However, Wikipedia is a wonderful source for background information about research topics, a source for ideas of specific information to search for in library databases, and a source for some of the research already done on certain topics.  

Peer Review

Background on Peer Review

If you're new to scholarly or academic sources, they can be challenging to read and understand at first. They're typically written by researchers for other researchers (this includes your professors and upper-level classmates here at App). Give yourself plenty of time and don't be afraid to ask for help if there's something you don't understand. That's the whole reason you're here: to learn! Here are some additional videos:

Finding Articles

Finding Articles

Search your topics in the following databases, handpicked by your librarian, to find scholarly journal articles. You may also consult the list of Databases by Subject to determine which other databases are related to your research.

A Closer Look at Natural Medicines

This research database is a great place to start because it is easy to use and has evidence-based overviews for most of your topics. Keep in mind that its audience is practitioners, so there will be a substantial amount of jargon. 

How to use it:
  1. If you're off campus, you may be prompted to enter your AppState username and password before using
  2. Once you get into the database, simply search your topic in the search box
  3. You should be redirected to a list of search results, click the one that is most relevant
  4. You should be redirected to the treatment's overview page. Here is an example:

screenshot of Acupuncture entry in Natural Medicines research database; two sections are highlighted for emphasis: "Patience handout" near the top of the page and "References" in the article's table of contents

Items to note:
  • The main article is the obvious area of attention on the page. You can scroll through and read it. Or use the table of contents to the left to skip to particular sections.
  • You can download a handout about the subject of the article that is written in patient-friendly language (highlighted in yellow in the upper left).
  • Clicking the "References" section (highlighted in yellow) in the table of contents redirects you to a list of scholarly articles that form the basis of the main entry. If you're having trouble finding a scholarly article, take note of these as you can search for them by title in APPsearch. There is a good chance the library has access to the full-text.

Finding Books

Finding Books

While AppState library books/ebooks are included in APPSearch search results, save yourself time by clicking the "Books and Media" tab first to just search books. Below are some examples of what the library has to offer. To get started searching for books, visit the library homepage.