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Health Sciences PhD: Research Help

In this guide, you will find a variety of resources to help you with your research and teaching projects in the Health Sciences PhD program.

Research Help

Here you can find helpful information about All Things Research. Use the tabs to navigate between topics. Contact your friendly librarian if you need help or have any questions. Make an appointment with the Writing Center to get assistance at any stage of your writing project.

All Things Research

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RefWorks is a web-based software for managing article citations and other research data. It helps researchers gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies. First-time users should sign up for an individual account using their TCU email address.





EndNote X9

EndNote is a software that you download onto you own computer (link to download and installation instructions). Organize references, save images and PDFs in any language, search contents of PDFs, create citations and bibliographies as you write. It has more advanced features than RefWorks, and it may take a while to learn how to use it to its fullest potential.





Purdue Owl

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides writing resources for APA, MLA and Chicago to assist with research projects in many disciplines.

Free DOI lookup: Provides a number of ways for you to locate a DOI number: bibliographic search (author name, journal title, ISBN, etc.) or article title search.


AMA Manual of Style Online

The online AMA Manual of Style has a streamlined interface, intuitive search and browse, and personalization features, so finding what you need in the Manual is easier than ever. The manual is a must-have guide for anyone involved in medical and scientific publishing.

APA Style Guide to Electronic Resources

This PDF document shows you how to format references for a broad range of electronic sources. It guides you through some potentially confusing elements that are unique to electronic referencing, like DOIs, URLs, and version control.

Chicago Manual of Style

The CMS Online allows you to search or browse the full text of the latest edition. Tools, such as sample forms, proofreader's marks, letters and style sheets are also provided. (Limited to 25 users at once.)

Print Citation Manuals

You can find all up-to-date citation manuals in print on the second floor of the library by the Research Help desk (map). 



SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE's renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more. 

Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students

This informative short video from North Carolina State University answers the following questions: 

  • What is a literature review?
  • What purpose does it serve in research?
  • What should you expect when writing one?


Eleanor SmithContent development, scripting; Kim DuckettScreencasting, editing; Sarah BankstonNarration; Dr. John ClassenScripting, narration; Andreas OrphanidesWeb development; Susan BakerGraphics, animation, and web design

This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States license.

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