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Use this subject guide to help you get started with your research in school counseling. It includes books, databases, journals and links to useful websites.


Welcome to the Research Guide for School Counseling.  This is a guide to sources of information in your field.  Feel free to contact  your Librarian listed for assistance or to schedule an individual research appointment.

Your Librarian

Jenise Overmier

10 things to Know

  1. Get to know your librarian.
    • Your librarian acts as a link between academic departments and library services. Graduate students may arrange for an individual meeting with their academic departments' librarian for a general orientation to the library or for help on a specific research project. 
    • In addition to drop-in reference services, research help is also available by phone, email or chat.
  2. Start your library research by exploring the research guides.
    • Negotiating the more than 200,000 volumes in our print or electronic collections or finding articles in the more than 19,000 journals in print or electronic format can be daunting! A variety of research guides provide graduate students referral to sources most relevant to their studies. Research guides include "How-to" guides, topic guides and course specific guides
  3. Expand your access to books and articles by borrowing materials from other libraries  or using interlibrary loan (ILL) services.
    • Found a book or article in the Catalog that does not belong to Marymount? If so, just click the red REQUEST tab on the catalog record to complete the request form and the book/article will be sent to you at our library. Some resources from WRLC libraries, like e-books, must be viewed onsite at the WRLC library that owns the electronic book. Schools that are members of the WRLC include: American, Catholic, Gallaudet, Howard, George Mason, George Washington, Georgetown, and the University of the District of Columbia.
    • Is the book or journal article not owned by a WRLC member library, including Marymount? Log in here to complete an Interlibrary Loan request to try to find the book or article from another library if it is not available through Marymount or the WRLC.
  4. Take advantage of longer check-out periods for library books.
    • MU graduate students are eligible for an extended check-out period of up to 6 weeks. Renewals can often be completed online through your library account.
  5. Use MU E-Journals or Google Scholar to quickly find articles.
    • Know the citation for the article that you are looking for? Just click on MU E-Journals from the MU library home page -- find the journal title then click on one of the databases where you can access the journal.
    • Or use Google Scholar from our databases link on the library home page -- type in the article title and maybe an author name then press search. To the right of the results will be an icon FIND IT AT MARYMOUNT -- click on that to get to the article. Google Scholar accessed through the MU library website is prestructured to recognize access to content available to MU students and faculty.
  6. Discover and use the advanced features of the MU databases.
    • Advanced features allow you to limit search results by date, publication type, and whether articles were published in a scholarly journal.
    • Trying to find the PDF of an article from a search result that is not available in the database you are searching? FindIt (Check SFX for full text) provides an easy way to find whether an article is available in full text electronically or in print. Just click, FindIt to see if the article is available electronically through another database or possibly in print through the Catalog. Click search to find the article!
    • Article tools are available when you select to review the full article abstract. Look for a listing of article tools that allow you to quickly cite the article, email the article link and citation, or export the article link and citation to a citation manager like RefWorks.
    • Found the right search format? Want to receive updates to the search as they become available? Consider linking from the search results page to a choice of alerts to keep you constantly updated. Search alerts are often available by email or by RSS feed and allow you to establish the frequency and format of the alert.
  7. Learn to use a tool to manage your research findings and easily create bibliographies.
    • Overwhelmed by printing articles as a result of a database search? Then not sure where to file them for easy retrieval? Consider using RefWorks, an online citation manager tool freely available to Marymount students. RefWorks is a Web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own personal database of research reference links. 
  8. Use online library resources on or off campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    • There are more than 140 online information resources available both on and off campus. Just remember that accessing library online information resources from off campus or through a computer not already networked on campus requires you to sign in to use library resources.  The sign-in requires you to select your university and then enter your last name and a University id (three initials, then last 5 digits of student id).
    • More than 1200 electronic books are available through the library catalog on the library home page.
  9. Find your way to the quiet of the Graduate Reading Room on the 1st floor.
    • Or discover other quiet study nooks throughout the MU library! The ground floor of the library is specifically reserved for quiet study.
    • Group study rooms can be reserved and include an electronic viewing room equipped for students to practice group presentations and a video viewing room.
  10. Use the technology at the library -- including scanners, netbooks and WEPA kiosks
    • Internet access is available on over 80 public computers which includes PCs, Macs, and netbooks. There is no need to sign in to access the MU library catalog or databases when using the library computers. Bring a flash drive to save your documents!
    • Wireless access to the Marymount network is available throughout the library.
    • Scanners are available on the first floor of the MU Reinsch library.
    • Black and white photocopiers are available on the first floor of the library. WEPA kiosks are available on the main floor, the ground floor and the lower level.
    • Headphones can be checked out for use in the library.
    • If you are based at the Ballston MU campus, check out the equipment available on the 5th floor at the Ballston Campus Library Extension!

If you have any questions, feel free to call, email or chat with a reference librarian at Marymount University library. See our MU library home page for contact information including an easy click box to connect by chat!