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.
Create RSS Feeds. Here 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:
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
- C.R.A.P. Website Evaluation Checksheet Word document or interactive PDF
- Creating an RSS feed in EBSCO
- EBSCO Personal Folders Guide
- Creating an Alert or RSS Feed from a Google Search
- Research Log word document or interactive PDF