Research Tips

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Colleen at the NNLM Wikipedia + Libraries Training

As a recent “graduate” of the National Library of Medicine’s Wikipedia + Libraries training modules, I am compelled to share my experiences and encourage anyone who has ever used Wikipedia – yep, you! – to read on… Although it needs no introduction, Wikipedia is the most-read work of crowd-sourced reference in history. Available in over... Continue reading “Colleen at the NNLM Wikipedia + Libraries Training”

Remote Access to Library Materials: April 2020

Additional publishers now provide fulltext access via Google Scholar CASA and via your WFU login. Continue reading “Remote Access to Library Materials: April 2020”

Remote Access to Library Resources: March 2020

As we all get into the swing of working from home, one thing to know about ZSR’s electronic journals and books is that, usually, they require an on-campus network connection, or something that gives you an on-campus address from home: the University’s VPN, for example, or ZSR links that route you through an on-campus proxy... Continue reading “Remote Access to Library Resources: March 2020”

Exciting Zotero Updates!

Earlier this summer, ZSR’s favorite citation management software, Zotero, received a number of exciting updates with the release of Zotero 5.0. Read on for a list of the biggest updates and register for one of our upcoming lunchtime workshops to get your questions answered. The Big Updates Journal Feeds This is a big one, folks. If you’ve... Continue reading “Exciting Zotero Updates!”

3 Ways to Jumpstart Your Next Research Paper

With Thanksgiving break right around the corner, we realize that many students are starting final papers and end-of-term research projects! Here are 3 ZSR-approved shortcuts that can save you time as you begin your next research paper: Use reference sources to focus your research topic We call it pre-research. When beginning your research, it’s useful to start... Continue reading “3 Ways to Jumpstart Your Next Research Paper”

10 Ways to Get Your Citation Game on Point with Zotero

Zotero is an amazing free tool for helping you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Think of it as EasyBib on steroids. We at ZSR absolutely LOVE Zotero, so much so that we offer Zotero workshops all the time. Here are ten ways you can use Zotero to help you research like a... Continue reading “10 Ways to Get Your Citation Game on Point with Zotero”

5 (Illustrated) Research Reminders

Regardless of whether you are embarking on the first or final research assignment of your collegiate experience, the following 5 (illustrated) research reminders are meant to offer advice, direction, and encouragement along the way– Reminder #1 Picking your research topic and/or developing a thesis statement can take a bit of research.  We like to call it “pre-research”.  You begin... Continue reading “5 (Illustrated) Research Reminders”

#myzsr Guide to Finals Week: Finding Your Happy Place

ZSR and the The Writing Center are teaming up to bring you the #myzsr Guide to Finals Week– a weekly series of valuable advice, tried-and-true strategies, and insider information to help you survive THRIVE during exam week! This week’s installment . . . Finding Your Happy Place You don’t have to be a New York... Continue reading “#myzsr Guide to Finals Week: Finding Your Happy Place”

#myzsr Guide to Finals Week: 5 Research Hacks to Know

ZSR and the The Writing Center are teaming up to bring you the #myzsr Guide to Finals Week– a weekly series of valuable advice, tried-and-true strategies, and insider information to help you survive THRIVE during exam week! Week One: 5 Research Hacks to Know. They’re coming. Getting closer. You can feel it in the air,... Continue reading “#myzsr Guide to Finals Week: 5 Research Hacks to Know”

Search tip #23: Truncation!

Raise your hand if you’ve been here before: stuck in a library database, wondering why your search for articles about something like the role of computers in childhood development isn’t returning any really good results. Your search might look like this: computers childhood development Seems like a good search, right? Here’s the thing, though: if... Continue reading “Search tip #23: Truncation!”