Education: Leadership Research Guide

Introduction
Reference Materials
Books
Electronic Books
Articles
Materials from Other Libraries
Websites
Writing and Style Guides

Introduction

Leadership is a topic of interest to students, practitioners and researchers within many disciplines.  This guide introduces you to some ways to obtain scholarly or professional information on leadership from a variety of perspectives including business, education, ethics, health sciences, philosophy, political science, and psychology.  Keep in mind that the literature on leadership as a topic of research and practice is broad and is handled differently in each subject area.  If you do not see what you are looking for in this guide, please feel free to contact the Library for assistance through Ask Us.

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Reference Materials

Reference materials such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks can help you define important concepts or to gather factual background information pertaining to your research topic.  The following are selected encyclopedias and dictionaries on leadership located in the Library's Collections :

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Books

Search the Library catalogue to locate books, government documents, audio-visuals, electronic resources, and other non-journal materials available through the Library. 

Use the catalogue's Author or Title indexes if you wish to locate materials whose authors or titles you already know. 

Subject Heading or Keyword indexes if you wish to search for materials on a particular topic published in book, government document, or audio-visual formats:

Consult the catalogue's Help pages for assistance in a variety of areas, including Catalogue Locations, Catalogue Status Messages, and Catalogue Searching.

You may also browse a list maintained by the Library of materials in its collections addressing various aspects of Leadership in the Library Catalogue's Collection Highlights section.

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Electronic Books

E-books can be a convenient way to access information especially if the library is closed or you are working at home.  Our library catalogue will indicate whether a title is available online.  There are more than 200 e-books on leadership which you can browse in the catalogue.  Here are just a few of the available titles:

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Articles

To research topics in indexes and databases covering the journal literature relating to your leadership topic, choose the subject area appropriate to your research project from the Library's Resources By Subject page.  For example, if you are interested in educational leadership, choose the subject area Education. If you are looking for information on leadership from a business or management perspective, choose Management-General.  Some of indexes and databases cover a variety of types of publications besides journal articles, including book chapters, conference proceedings, dissertations, and government documents..

Note that some, but not all, indexes and databases contain abstracts and/or the full-text of journal articles in addition to article citations.  An article citation usually comprises the article author(s), article title, journal title, publication year, journal volume number, journal issue number,page numbers, and abstract of a given journal article. An abstract is a brief description of the subject matter of an indexed work such as a journal article or book chapter.) For example:

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Materials from Other Libraries

You may wish to search the catalogues of other libraries to identify additional books or audio-visual materials on your Business Ethics research topic. 

The Library will attempt to obtain or acquire copies of research materials (e.g., books, journal articles, videos) not available in the Library that are needed by University of Lethbridge students, faculty and staff.  This service, called Interlibrary Loans, requires that requestors have valid, current Library privileges, and works best if interlibrary loan requests are submitted at least 7 to 10 days in advance of the date by which they are needed.

The Interlibrary Loans: Borrowing Guidelines page provides information on what may be borrowed, by whom, how many requests may be submitted, how long you may have to wait to receive requested materials, and where you may pick up your interlibrary loan requests when they arrive.

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Websites

Some scholarly and professional organizations involved in leadership research, training, and practice maintain websites that may be of interest.  The following is a selection which may provide access to useful information sources: 

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Writing and Style Guides

An important aspect of writing a research paper is properly acknowledging and citing the sources you have used.  Be aware that plagiarism (representing words or ideas belonging to someone else as your own) is an academic offense at the University of Lethbridge.  If your instructor does not prescribe a particular citation style for you to use, you may wish to choose one of the following citation styles commonly used in the humanities and social sciences:

Online guides are available to assist you with some basic information on citing your sources using various style guides.  For detailed information on how to cite specific sources, however, consult the full, printed manual for the citation style you have chosen.

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 Content Revised: July 3, 2012
 Content Created: July 18, 2005


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