Top Ten Research Time Savers
Spend a little time learning how to save a lot of time when conducting academic research. Twin Cities librarians compiled a list of our top ten tips to help you cut down on the amount of time you spend doing your homework. Each link takes you to a succinct library video tutorial, webpage, or blog post that suggests ways to more efficiently and effectively conduct part of the research process.
1. Bookmark our Webpage
Save time by bookmarking frequently visited webpages - like Twin Cities Library - in your Internet browser.
2. Install Twin Cities Library's Toolbar
Install Twin Cities Library's browser toolbar for immediate access to the most useful SMU resources.
3. Understand Expectations
This list contains useful questions to help you make sure you clearly understand your instructor's expectations of quality work.
4. Create a Research Plan
5. Use a Subject Page
Overwhelmed by information? Browse our articles, books, and more using tools specific to your research topic.
6. Use Notes and Folders
Don't pass notes in class; instead, use notes and folders in SuperSearch to organize your thoughts and research.
7. Set Up Search Alerts
Search alerts automatically notify you each time a new article, book, or report is published that matches your search criteria. Great for us lazy folk!
8. Read Peer-Reviewed Articles Efficiently
Believe it or not, a 20+ page peer-reviewed article can be digested in 5-10 minutes with no heartburn.
Formats: Interactive (Flash)
9. Get Premade APA Citations
No need to write an APA citation from scratch - our library databases have you covered!
10. Use APA Templates
Why reinvent the wheel (and/or APA formatted paper)? Use these SMU program-approved MS Word templates provided by the Writing Center.
Want to learn more? Contact a librarian for more individualized help.
(That's #11 - don't wait forever to ask a librarian your question! We can help you quickly get from Point A to Point B - the right way, the first time.)