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CPSY 220: Research Methods (Llamas): Research Help / Tips

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Managing Your Research

Bibliographic Citation Software

This type of software helps to manage your citations while doing research and develop a library of resources if you choose. When writing your paper, RefWorks makes it easy to insert notes and format them in the proper style. The University Library nows subscribes to the RefWorks product. You will retain access to RefWorks after you graduate since RefWorks uses your SCU email address for authentication purposes. This assumes that the Library continues to subscribe to RefWorks.

As an alternative, Zotero is a free product that anyone can use. It is not as powerfual as RefWorks, but might meet your needs for a citation manager. 

Using EbscoHost in PsycINFO

The PsycINFO database offers a great opportunity to manage your research. You can place articles into a folder, save your searches, and create notes about your research. The information remains in a folder indefinitely so you can access it any time. You also can create multiple folders for different research projects. This is a tool I highly recommend.

Getting Started:

  1. In the blue tool bar, click on "Sign In"
  2. You will need to "Create an Account" the first time which only takes a minute or two.

Save Articles:

  • When viewing citations, click the "Add to Folder" button.

Save Searches:

  1. Click on "Search History" located just under the search form
  2. Click "Save Searches / Alerts"
  3. Name your search and save

How to Cite Your Article:

  1. Click on "Cite" on the right side of the screen.
  2. Choose the APA format
  3. Cut & paste this into your bibliography. However, sometimes there are errors so make sure you check the citation for accuracy.

Create Notes:

  • When viewing a citation, click on the "Create Note" link on the right side of the page.

Retrieving Articles & Searches:

  • Click on "Folder" in the blue tool bar. In addition to a list of your articles, you will get these links on the left side of the page:

My EbscoHost is available in over 60 databases to which the University Library subscribes.

Page created by Sophia Neuhaus on January 16, 2019

Social Sciences and Government Information Librarian