Think about your research topic and identify 3-4 key words you might use to locate articles on your topic. Watch this short video clip to learn more about using keywords to search databases. Library databases offer fewer and more relevant scholarly content than is often available from a search in Google or Google Scholar.
Once you've entered your search criteria into a database and obtained results, always look for the "Find Text @ TAMU" button to be directed to the item's location. If it is available electronically, this link will help you get the item PDF. If it is available in print, you can come to the library or use our Get It For Me service to have it delivered via email.
Next you'll need to read the article so that you can synthesize it for your research. Check out the anatomy of a scholarly article.
EndNote can make generating citations much easier. For more on how to use EndNote, check out:
If you don't use EndNote, you'll need to create citations manually using the Entomological Society of America (ESA) style.
Both the LibCat library catalog and the MSL library catalog contain records for print and electronic entomology books available from Texas A&M, so make sure to search in both these catalogs.