Research: A Quick Start Guide

This guide will help you find resources and organize your research

Keeping track of your sources

There are lots of ways to stay organized

How you stay organized largely depends on your preference. The library databases offer a few ways to help you keep track of articles you may want to use for your research assignment. 

When looking at a results page on the library website, you will notice a collection of icons at the top right corner of each result. This can be your organization station! These icons provide ways of saving and organizing any resources you want to use for your assignment. There's a link to RefWorks, a permanent link option, a citation generator, an email option, and more. See the tabs on this page for more explanation on each of these options. 

organization icons at the top right corner of a search result. From left to right there are links to Refworks, a permanent link generator, citation generator, email icon, and more options.

 

Why save articles? 

You might think you shouldn't save or keep track of an article unless you've already decided to use it in your assignment, but if you think something even might be useful, it's helpful to just save it to a list or email it to yourself! Doing this will avoid a situation where you're scrambling to remember the name of that article you've now realized would be the perfect thing to use. 

This list of sources is also a way to ensure your bibliography or works cited list is already almost done before you finish your paper! 

Look through the tabs on this page to see all the different ways you can save articles to stay organized. 

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a tool that is embedded in our library website that allows you to save articles to a list. You can then email the list to yourself or download it onto your computer. 

CAUTION!

RefWorks does not save your list of sources if you close the tab or your internet browser unless you sign up for a RefWorks account! RefWorks is a free resource and it's easy to sign up. But, again, if you have a list of sources saved using RefWorks, and you are not signed into your account or don't have one, you will lose this list when you close your internet browser. 

How does it work?

When you're looking at your results list, you will see a series of small icons on the top right section of each result listing. The icon that looks like a little bookmark is what you will click to save the article to a list in RefWorks. 

A screenshot showing that the RefWorks icon is at the top right section of each article listing, and the button to see your full list of saved articles is at the very top of the screen

 


Accessing your list of saved articles:

Once you are on your full list, you can choose to print or download the list to your computer, or email the list to yourself. You can also use the dropdown menu at the top of your list to have your articles sent to you in whatever citation format you choose. Again, if you don't sign up for a RefWorks account, this list will disappear when you close your browser. 

A screenshot showing that you can use the dropdown menu at the center-top area for citations and the print and email options are to the right

How to Use Permalinks

When looking at your search results page, you'll notice that each result has a set of icons on the top right corner. The permalink option is second from the right and looks like two linked chains. Click that, and you can then copy the link and paste it into a separate document. The link will take you right to the same article listing. 
The permalink icon is in the top-right corner of each article result, just to the right of the RefWorks icon. Click the permalink icon and a small box will open with the link. Click the copy button and the link will be copied. You can then paste it in a separate document

How to Email an Article

You can email articles to yourself by using the email icon at the top-right of each article. Click the icon and new window will appear. You can enter either your school or personal email address, choose a citation format, and then click send. 

video showing the email icon in the top right corner of the search results, clicking it opens a new window. The top field is where you put in your email address, you then have to click a box at the bottom of the pop up window saying you are not a robot. You then click the send button.

Export to Your Favorite Citation Management Tool

There are several citation management tools out there. Our library website lets you export any resource to whichever tool you prefer! 

You can export a resource to EasyBib, EndNote, Zotero, BibTeX, or Citavi. Each of the citation management tools works a little different. Whichever tool you use is up to you and depends on your personal preference.

Note: Each tool is a third-party system. You will need to set up an account to use their services. 

How to Export an Article

You will see an ellipses ( ... ) in the top right corner of each article in your search result list. Click the ellipses and  you will see the list of citation tool options to export to. Click the citation tool of your choosing and a download of the citation will automatically begin. You can then upload the citation into your citation management tool. 

the ellipses is to the right of the email option icon.

Don't panic, stay organized!

At the top, a large fish chases a bunch of smaller fish, below, the small fish organize together to create a larger organism, which chases the large fish

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