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Top Ten Research Time Savers - Twin Cities Library, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

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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.
Formats:  Web

2. Install Twin Cities Library's Toolbar

Install Twin Cities Library's browser toolbar for immediate access to the most useful SMU resources.
Formats:  Web

3. Understand Expectations

This list contains useful questions to help you make sure you clearly understand your instructor's expectations of quality work.
Formats:  Web

4. 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.
Formats:  Interactive (Flash)  |  PDF

5. Use a Subject Page

Overwhelmed by information? Browse our articles, books, and more using tools specific to your research topic.
Formats:  Web

6. Use Notes and Folders

Don't pass notes in class; instead, use notes and folders in SuperSearch to organize your thoughts and research.
Formats:  Web

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!
Formats:  Web

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 (Standard)  |  Interactive (iPad)

9. Get Premade APA Citations

No need to write an APA citation from scratch - our library databases have you covered!
Formats:  Web

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.
Formats:  Web

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.)