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Non-funded Research Resources

Resources and contact information for research consultations


This guide will connect you with Ball State University Libraries resources and services that will help you complete a successful proposal for research projects conducted via Ball State University's Office of Research Integrity.

See details in the boxes below about the following options:

  • Review a list of recommended resources for secondary research
  • Ask a quick question through our Ask-a-Librarian service, chat widget on left.
  • Set up a research consultation with a librarian through our Reference by Appointment online form

Recommended Resources

Search for secondary sources for a research proposal, literature review, and much more with some of these subscription-based, interdisciplinary resources linked from the Ball State University Libraries home page and our Databases page.

  • OneSearch is one box that helps you search across most of the University Libraries' electronic and print holdings, including article databases, the Digital Media Repository, and Cardinal Scholar. Use it as a discovery tool at the beginning of your research, or as a way to fill in gaps later on.
  • Web of Science is an index of scholarly content in Art & Architecture, Education, English & Linguistics, General, Health, History, Humanities, Law, Music, Philosophy & Religion, Psychology, Science, Social Sciences, and Technology. Use "Cited Reference Search " to find articles that cite a person's work.
  • Academic Search Complete is a database that covers many topics and includes scholarly and popular articles. It is a combination of full-text content and citations.
  • WorldCat is an online catalog of over 43,000 libraries' holdings. Use it to find citations for items located at Ball State University Libraries (see the "Check CardCat" link within an item record) and in other library collections (see the "Request via interlibrary loan" link within an item record).

How to get in touch with us

If you are off-campus and unable to come in for an in-person research consultation, you can make individual or small group research consultation appointments to talk with a librarian.

  • You may go to the Ask-a-Librarian page and fill out an online form to request a "By Appointment" research consultation, choosing an online option such as Zoom instead of "Bracken Library" as the location.


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Visit the Copyright and Scholarly Communications page for information and important links, contact information, and ways to ask your questions.