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. Add SuperSearch to your Browser
Install SuperSearch into your favorite browser (e.g., Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari), and you'll never have to find the library's website again.
2. Understand Expectations
This list contains useful questions to help you make sure you clearly understand your instructor's expectations of quality work.
3. Create a Research Plan
Hoping your paper magically comes together at the last second? I hope not. Learn how to organize, schedule, and plan your research.
4. Use a Subject Page
Overwhelmed by information? Browse our articles, books, and more using tools specific to your research topic.
5. Use Notes and Folders
Don't pass notes in class; instead, use notes and folders in SuperSearch to organize your thoughts and research.
6. 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!
7. Read Peer-Reviewed Articles Efficiently
8. Get Premade APA Citations
9. 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.
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