Research Tips

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... more

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... more

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... more

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... more

#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... more

#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,... more

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... more

Search Tip #15: Quotation Marks!

Have you been there before, looking for that exact phrase, and finding related articles, but not the perfect one you know is there? We’ve all been there. And we know a lot of you have been there, too. In a recent usability study of our website, we found that many of our users either didn’t... more

Search Tip #7: Ctrl+F

The scene: you, doing your research, scanning a long article online, searching for a specific word. You scroll up and down, back and forth, looking for that word, but no luck. Guess what? No longer do you need to waste your time trying to find that word hidden among all those other words in that... more