Managing Your Research
The Library is happy not only to help you search and find material for your research, but also to help you find effective workflows in managing your research.
Really simple syndication (RSS) is a great way to automatically receive new material as it is produced/published. Originally designed as a way to syndicate blog postings, many academic databases now offer RSS as a clip-service tool, alerting you when new material is available on a topic. Many publishers also use RSS to let you know when new journal issues are published, or when new articles are posted to a webpage. This page helps you with the mechanics of setting up an RSS reader and directs you to some good academic sources of RSS feeds.
Documenting Your Research - Style Guides
When you're ready to write your paper or create your project, it's crucial that you correctly cite, or document, all of the research that has contributed to your original work. There are a number of different formats for correctly listing your citations in-text and as a works cited (MLA, Chicago, APA, etc). The library provides resources to help you with these different styles of citations. And Research Librarians can also help you figure out correct citation formatting.
Documenting Your Research - RefWorks & Zotero
Once you've begun to gather large numbers of citations as you research, you may quickly see the value in some sort of automated way to organize and format them correctly. The college supports two main tools that can be a big help as you collect citations, RefWorks and Zotero. They are especially worth exploring before beginning a major research project.
Each tool has its strengths and weaknesses -- click each for more details. Feel free to try either or both on your own and see which you prefer. If you need more help or if you would like a training overview, just contact a Research Librarian.