A Guide to the
Keiser University Library
An Introduction to Library Research
for Students Enrolled in the
Information Technology
Programs at
Keiser University
The following presentation will show you how to access
and use selective resources and online databases
in Information Technology and
aid you in your academic research.
Overview: Learn how to…
• Log-in to Keiser University’s online library
• Access databases for research in Information Technology and
related subjects
• Access online resources in Information Technology (IT) by specific
academic IT program
• Differentiate between primary and secondary research resources
• (For graduate students) locate dissertations and theses
• Locate APA Format guides
Locating the KU Library Catalog
and Databases on the Internet
Perform a web search for KUPP of Information, or enter the following
URL http://kuppofinformation.wordpress.com/ in your preferred search
engine and click on the search result.
At the KUPP of Information website, click on the STUDENTS tab and
locate Library – Student log-in, and click on it. It is also accessible
under KU STUDENT LINKS on the right hand side of the webpage, by
clicking on Library – Student log-in.
For a direct link, locate QUICK LINKS on right hand side, and click on
KU Library.
Getting Started
How to log-in to the online
KU Library…
Note: You must log-in in order to access any
of the databases
Getting Started
Username: Your Student ID Number
(located on your KU Student ID card)
Password: Last 4 digits of your Social Security
Accessing the KU library catalog and
databases on campus or from any Internet
connection, including from home
• Your Username is your Student ID, a 6 or 7 digit number that
appears on your schedule and photo ID.
• Your Password is the last 4 digits of your Social Security
Number (SS#). If your SS# starts with a 0, replace it with a 1.
• If your account is disabled or you have trouble logging-in, please
contact your campus librarians.
Using the KU Library OPAC of Print and Audiovisual
Resources Found on Campus
The OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) is the orange section of the KU
Library page, set above the large blue box.
For items held at the Pembroke Pines campus library, locate “Limit
results for Library Catalogs”, and then locate “Scoping in” to use the
pull down menu to select Pembroke Pines. If you prefer to see what
resources are available throughout the KU libraries system, or at any
other campus location, select All Libraries or the name of another
campus library on the pull down menu.
Most items may be borrowed from any of the KU and Everglades libraries
that are listed on the pull down menu list.
Library resources may also be borrowed as from local FL libraries that are
members of the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN),
or any other local library consortium in Florida, where KU is a member, as
Using the KU Library Databases
(in the light blue rectangle below the library catalog)
• Under KEISER UNIVERSITY DATABASES, you will find several
useful database links that allow you to search for articles…
NURSING databases lets you select various subjects to include
in your search.
• LIRN (Library Information Resources Network) Keiser
University contains several useful databases that include Gale
InfoTrac and ProQuest.
Useful Databases for Research in Information
Technology & related subjects
Within LIRN (Keiser University):
• Select Infotrac for these databases:
Academic Onefile, Expanded Academic ASAP, Business Index
ASAP, Business & Company Resource Center, Custom
Newspapers and the Gale Computer Database.
• Select Proquest for these databases:
ABI/Inform Dateline, ABI/Inform Global, ABI/Inform Trade
and Industry, and Proquest Research Library
Within EBSCO:
NURSING for these databases:
BUSINESS SOURCE COMPLETE, Research Starters – Business,
& Regional Business News.
IT resources by specific academic program
On the KUPP of Information web site: You will find links to many
useful resources, such as books available onsite at the
KUPP library, free e-books, and related websites in your field
of study. http://kuppofinformation.wordpress.com/
Click on the RESOURCES tab. From the drop down menu, click on
RESEARCH TOOLS, which may also be found under HANDY
The following academic KUPP program resources are listed
alphabetically within RESEARCH TOOLS:
Computer Aided Design
Cyber Forensics/Information Security
Design & Multimedia
Information Technology (IT)
IT Management
Management Information Systems (MIS)
Network Systems & Data Communications
Software Engineering
Preliminary steps to research:
Determine what you are looking for.
Primary or secondary resources?
Scholarly or academic journal articles?
Peer-reviewed articles?
Popular magazine or newspaper articles?
Put together your search strategy
before you begin…
How to differentiate between Primary and
Secondary Resources
Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a
topic under investigation. These are created by witnesses or other
individuals who experienced the events or conditions being documented.
Primary sources are actual historical records. These differ from secondary
sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without
firsthand experience.
Often created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring,
primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral
histories recorded later.
Primary sources are characterized by their content, regardless of whether
they are available in original format, in microfilm/microfiche, in digital
format, or in published format.
Examples of Primary
Eyewitness accounts
Film footage
Newspaper articles
Objects from the time
Oral histories
Poems, art, music
Secondary Resources
A secondary resource is…
An informational source that analyzes an event.
These sources often use several primary sources to
compile the information.
A secondary source interprets and examines related primary
sources. These sources are one or more steps removed from
the event.
Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes, or graphics of
primary sources in them.
Examples of secondary
Secondary resources include: textbooks, magazine articles, histories,
biographies, criticisms, commentaries, and encyclopedias.
An academic journal or popular magazine article which interprets or
reviews previous findings is another example of a secondary source.
Locating Graduate-level
Dissertations and Theses
Go to the Keiser University Library “Splash page” …
You must sign in to access any of the databases.
Go to the section in the blue area titled “KEISER UNIVERSITY
Begin with a subject search which will lead to a search of related
ProQuest databases and a resulting list of dissertations and
theses in your chosen subject.
Locating APA Format* guides
*Keiser University students are required to use the APA format when writing research papers.
Do a web search using your search engine of choice (i.e. www.google.com or
www.bing.com ). In the search box, type KUPP of Information. It will take you to
the website created for your use by the KU Pembroke Pines librarians. Or you can
also search for its URL directly: http://kuppofinformation.wordpress.com/
Note: There is also a direct link to the KUPP of Information on the KU Library homepage,
in the middle blue section, under STUDENT & INSTRUCTOR RESOURCES, called
KUPP Keiser University Pembroke Pines Library.
In KUPP, select the tab labeled RESOURCES, use the drop down arrow to locate and
click on the section called APA STYLE MATERIALS, which is also located under
HANDY LINKS on the right hand side.
In the same tab labeled RESOURCES, use the drop down arrow to the bottom tab
labeled TUTORIALS, where you will find APA STYLE TIPS & GUIDELINES.
There is also a section on the KU Library homepage, in the blue section, called APA
STYLE & WRITING RESOURCES, which provides links to various resources on APA
format style.
Need additional assistance with research?
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to speak to the librarians
at your home campus.
Contact any of the KU campus locations.
Ask to speak with one of the Campus Librarians.
Daytona Beach: (386) 274-5060
Fort Lauderdale: (954) 776-4456
Fort Myers: (239) 277-1336
Jacksonville: (904) 296-3440
Lakeland: (863)682-6020
Melbourne: (321)409-4800
Miami: (305) 596-2226
Orlando: (407) 273-5800
Pembroke Pines: (954) 431-4300
Port St. Lucie: (772) 398-9990
Sarasota (941) 907-3900
Tallahassee (850) 906-9494
Tampa: (813) 885-4900
West Palm Beach (561) 471-6000
Keiser University Library is committed to your academic success.
This pathfinder was created by the KUPP librarians:
Bonnie Marshak [email protected]
Tim Guillen [email protected]
For additional information on Keiser University’s College of
Advanced Technology, see www.keiseruniversity.edu/CAT
March 2012