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Distance Learning: Research and Resource Links

Resources and links to support Distance and online tools

Research Begins here

It is important to find quality, timely articles and books to support your writing and work.  Many researchers begin searching for articles in a scholarly database, in addition to finding relevant books.  


AAAAA Research Process

ASK a Question

  • Determine what information you want or need to find?
  • Is the research question focused and specific?  Is it a PICO Question?
  • Is your information need background information or primary source research articles? (Or both?)

ACQUIRE Appropriate Information

  • Select a resource in which to search. Some topics can be searched in broad biomedical databases such as PubMed or Ovid Medline, but others require a specific subject database such as CINAHL. See the list of UT Health Science Center Libraries Databases by Subject.
  • For books, search the Library Catalog.

APPRAISE What you Found

  • Examine the articles or books to see if they answer your question.
  • Determine if the articles are recent and relevant to your information need.

APPLY What you Learned

  • Draw a conclusion based on the evidence found in your search.

ASSESS the Results

  • Determine if the preferred outcome resulted from a clinical decision.
  • In writing, read your paper and determine if you have enough research to support your conclusion.

Research Tools to organize your findings


  • Lib X : Firefox and Chrome Add On is a web browser add-on that provides direct access to UTHealth library resources from a toolbar.

Download Lib X:  Firefox

                                Google Chrome

  • Citation Tracker within SCOPUS  allows you to identify visually across a field of study the most relevant & timely articles by a selected author and then set a "tracker" to receive recurring updates via email. 


LibGuides and Research

LibGuides provide useful guidance, links and information UTHealth students and faculty need throughout their research and writing processes. Click on the active " libguide" link (in blue) or look below for some of the more popular guides:

Citation Managers


  • RefWorks: Free to UT Health Science Center at San Antonio affiliates, RefWorks allows you to import, organize, insert citations and create bibliographies for your work. See more info here: ReWorks LibGuide (info for Mac users)
  • Endnote: available for UT Health affiliates for $79.00 through TechZone. See more Endnote LibGuide

Citation Generators


  • EasyBib: Generate citations in MLA, APA & Chicago formats
  • Citation Machine: MLA, APA, Chicago, Grammar and Spell Checker, Writing Resources
  • BibMe: MLA, APA, Unintentional Plagiarism Checker, creates bibliographies online