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Better, Faster Research and Managing Citations

Date: 09/26/2011
This Fall, the Library is offering live online instruction sessions for students, faculty and staff interested in learning more about library research and/or about using citation management tools. Library Hacks: Better, Faster Research
  • Monday 10/10/11 at 7pm
  • Wednesday 10/12/11 at 8am
  • Thursday 10/13/11 at 5pm
  • Tuesday 10/18/11 at 11am
  • Wednesday 10/19/11 at 7pm
  • Thursday 10/20/11 at 5pm
  • Tuesday 10/25/11 at at 8am
  • Wednesday 10/26/11 at 3pm
  • Thursday 10/27/11 at 7pm
This live online workshop will help you become familiar with the library's services, resources and the basics of doing library research. By the end of the session, students will know how to:
  • use the library website
  • brainstorm appropriate keywords for searching for their topic online
  • find books in PSU's WorldCat
  • find articles on a specific topic in Academic Search Complete
  • find resources outside of the library's collection
  • get help from a librarian 24/7
Managing Resources with Zotero and Mendeley
  • Thursday 10/20/11 at 7pm PST
  • Wednesday 10/26/11 at 11am PST
Zotero is a web-based and desktop citation management tool that allows you to collect, organize and cite research material. Mendeley is a web-based and desktop citation management tool, but is also a social network for scholars where you can share and discover research. Both of these tools include a plugin for Microsoft Word or Open Office that allows you to insert your collected citations directly into your paper. Both are terrific tools for anyone working on a research project, as they can help you manage your research materials from multiple sources and insert them into your publications with ease. By the end of the session students will be able to:
  • determine whether Zotero or Mendeley is the right tool for them
  • create a free account with either Zotero or Mendeley and install and access it from your own computer
  • import citations into Zotero or Mendeley from commonly used library resources like EBSCO, JSTOR, Google Scholar, and the library catalog, as well the web
  • organize citations for different projects
  • use the Word or Open Office plugin to insert citations directly into their paper
The online sessions will take place in a web conferencing environment which requires a small Java applet download and the ability to hear audio through speakers or headphones (a microphone is recommended, but not required). To register for any of these sessions, please visit and choose the registration link for the session you would like to attend. We also plan to offer online drop-in workshops from November 15-22 where students can get help with specific research projects. Specific dates and times will be announced. Additional sessions (some in-person) will be added as the semester progresses and based on demand, so please check back later in the term for additional options.

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