June 22nd, 2010

Catching Up During Your Down Time

I know that many of you are appreciating the chance to catch a breath during the break between Spring and Summer Quarters . However, now is also a great time to brush up on your library skills, while you don’t have the added pressure of coursework. As us librarians love to point out, learning how to use research and organization tools now will save you time in the future.

Here are some recommendations by skill level:

  • Getting Started: If you haven’t used the Capella University Library before, this list of guides will take you to the information you need to know about searching for articles and books.
  • Basic Library Skills: A list of multi-media tutorials that demonstrate search strategies, using Journal and Book Locator, and RefWorks.
  • Advanced Library Skills: A list of guides and multi-media tutorials for those who have mastered basic search skills: Bibliography mining, cited reference searching, searching by methodology, finding test instruments, and using Google Scholar effectively.
  • Doctoral Toolbox: Guides for finding dissertations, researching for your literature review, and research strategies to help you prepare for your comprehensive exam.

…And speaking of saving time, here is a great resource regardless of your program:

  • RefWorks: This RefWorks home includes guides and tutorials that will teach you how to use RefWorks to keep your research organized and save you time: A multimedia tutorial, a guide showing you how to export references, and an advanced guide that includes information about creating annotated bibliographies, among other things.

If you want to learn more about RefWorks, there is a live RefWorks webinar on Saturday June 26, 2010 10:00 am Central.

-Kim

Comments

Comment from Kevin Hopkins
Time June 24, 2010 at 9:24 am

Kim, is there a tutorial somewhere on how to link Google Scholar to the Capella Library? I saw people at the Dallas Colloquium doing so, but didn’t get enough of the conversation to understand how they were accomplishing that task.

Comment from kstaley
Time July 9, 2010 at 9:41 am

Sorry to take so long to respond, but yes, there is a way to link Google Scholar to the Capella Library. Here’s the guide:
http://capellauniversity.libguides.com/content.php?pid=81196

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