Do you need a specialized citation style beyond APA, Chicago, or MLA? Check out Zotero's Style Repository for specialized formats.
The Libraries provide workshops to get you started using Zotero. Check the workshop calendar for times and locations.
Not a fan of Zotero? Check out the Purdue Online Writing Lab for assistance with citing APA, MLA and Chicago.
The Writing Center offers free writing support to Mason students, faculty and staff. Accomplished graduate and undergraduate students provide face-to-face tutoring, online tutoring, and workshops. They work with writers through all stages of the writing process from brainstorming and organizing to revising and polishing. To meet with a Writing Center tutor please schedule an appointment.
In addition to in-person tutoring, the Writing Center offers 45-minute video tutoring sessions for online students and on-campus students. Appointments for a video tutoring session can be made via the appointment scheduler.
ESL students who would like additional assistance can apply for the Writing Center's Opt-In Program.
Dissertations: If you find that someone has written a Ph.D. dissertation on your topic, you can be absolutely sure that the author did exhaustive research on the topic. The dissertation will include a lengthy bibliography to document that research effort. Use this existing list of resources as a starting point for your own research.
To find dissertations, use ProQuest Dissertations & These Global.
Bibliographies: Look for bibliographies at the end of scholarly journal articles, at the end of essays, and at the end of books. If you find material that is right on-topic, odds are that the author has ALREADY done most of the same research that you need to do. Use the author's list as a starting point for your own research.