Q. How can I find information in the Library to help me prepare for the Comprehensive (COMPS) Exam?


The Library offers many resources to help students with their research. Some of the ways you can be prepared before taking the Comprehensive Exam is to review these resources and improve your research strategies. Remember: Since the Comprehensive Course is an examination, students are unable to obtain in-depth subject specific assistance from the Library, outside of technical support and basic information literacy support.

Please see the following resources to aid in your preparation:

  1. Research Strategies - Watch our Searching 101 and Searching 102 Workshops accessible on the Library Workshop Videos page. Read about database research strategies under Preparing to Search on our Research Process page.
  2. Scholarly vs. Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles - Understand the difference and learn learn how to verify if a journal is peer-reviewed. See FAQ:Scholarly VS Peer Reviewed and FAQ:Peer-Reviewed Journals. We also recommend viewing the Scholarly vs. Peer-Reviewed Journals Quick Tutorial Video.
  3. Researching Theories and Concepts - See our Researching Theoretical Frameworks page on how to search for theories and theoretical approaches.
  4. Discipline Specific Resources - Learn about what library resources are available that are specific to your discipline. On the Library Workshop Videos page, you can find Learn the Library for Business, Education, or Psychology and Marriage & Family Sciences. On the A-Z Databases page, you may refine the databases by subject.
  5. APA Citation - Review your American Psychological Association Publication Manual, 6th Edition and know where to find additional APA Citation Resources. See the Library's APA Style FAQs for more information. You may also contact the Academic Success Center for additional assistance with APA Style prior to your exam via their Ask a Coach page

Visit the COMPs Corner within the NCU Commons to view COMPs discussion, advice, tips, and tricks from other students. You can also post questions to the forum.

In addition to these tips, please see the Library's FAQs Comprehensive Exams Assistance and Comprehensive Exam Research Consultation for our policies on these topics. If you have any other questions, please direct them to your Mentor as they will be your best resource during your comprehensive exam. Please feel free to contact the Library before and after your Comps Exam for research and reference assistance.


  • Last Updated Jan 07, 2019
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