Module 1
Ask Good Questions
Module 2
Finding Information
Module 3
Selecting the Best
Module 4
Putting it Together
Module 5
Your Presentation
Module 6
Making the Grade

Research requires keeping the latest information at our fingertips. Research success requires that you keep up-to-date on your topic and you keep your sources and notes organized. Here are a few tools to help keep current and keep organized in the research process.

Directions: Begin with #1 and work through #3. Review #4 and #5 and apply them to your research as needed.


Keep current on your research topic with RSS feeds you set up in the aggregator,  Feedly RSS Feed, Rich Site Summary, is a format which will deliver updated web content to you from news sites, blogs, and the magazines and newspapers in the EBSCO databases. You can do a search in an EBSCO database and set one up. For RSS feeds to do their work for you, you need a place for the feeds to go, or an aggregator, where you can go to read the new information that comes to you.

  • Watch the vidoeo, RSS in Plain English by Lee LeFever.  The video explains how RSS feeds work.  In the video he demonstrates feeds in Google Reader, which is no longer available.  The principle of RSS feeds is the same in Bloglines.
  • Now, set up a Feedly account to collect your RSS feeds.Click on Add on the top left of your screen to add a feed.  Then choose Feed from the list, paste in the URL of your feed and you are good to go.
  • Create a feed from an EBSCO search by clicking on the Alert or Share link at the top right of the page and copying the feed URL.
  • Add any RSS feeds you create to your Feedly subscriptions.

Create RSS FeedsHere is a documents on creating RSS feeds on a current topic that can help you set up the search so that new information on your topic comes to you.


Keep organized with  Zotero, which has some features similar to Diigo and Evernote and can be used in conjunction with Web 2.0 tools when organzing a large research project. Zotero is a free tool that:

  • captures citations and full-text information
  • takes snapshots of webpages
  • allows users to highlight and annotate the webpage snapshots
  • saves PDFs, images and figures
  • allows users to assign tags, searchable notes and attachments
  • allows users to organize information in folders
  • allows sharing and collaborative research groups
  • downloads to any web browser
  • has an app, ZotPad, but the app isn't free

Zotero helps you collect, organize, cite and share your resources. To get started with Zotero:

#4 Consult with your school or public librarian. One of the best tools to help with research is your school or public library. Ask your school or public librarian for advice regarding your topic. Not sure what to say to the librarian? Click here for some ideas on what to ask.


Additional Tools from Module Three


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