Tips & Tools for Graduate Students
Where effective and efficient research is concerned, it is extremely important that you take full advantage of the help, resources, and tools that are available to you.
- Know how and where to get help.
- Know the core resources for your subject.
- Manage and organize your information intelligently.
Get the Help You Need
Your Subject Librarian
Every discipline has a library liaison, a librarian focused on helping you find and use research materials. Find out who your librarian is:
Help When You Need It:
Librarians are available for one-on-one consultation. Please don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it.
Information Management & Organizational Tools
- MyBib (in beta)
- Noodle Tools Express
- ZoteroBib – by Zotero
- KnightCite – the Hekman Library
The following sites feature citation tools, but be aware that they have in recent years become heavy with ads and trackers. Use at your discretion:
- Cite This For Me – by Chegg (free for now)
- BibMe – by Chegg (freemium)
- EasyBib – by Chegg (freemium)
- Citation Machine – by Chegg (freemium)
Helpful Citation Websites
- Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)
- Mendeley: Tool for managing and organizing PDFs and citations.
- Zotero: Tool for managing citations, PDFs, saved images, and web pages.
- Dropbox: Useful for saving documents to access them from multiple computers Create folders to share documents with a group.
- Papers: Add PDFs, take notes, and cite documents as you write.
- Goodreader: iPad/iPhone app for organizing files and annotating or highlighing PDFs. Syncs with Google Drive, MobileMe, Dropbox, and others.
- Foxit: Fast PDF reader for making and saving annotations and highlights.
Flickr: Organize photos with sets, collections, tags, and groups. Share images or keep them private. Designate usage rights easily by using Creative Commons licenses.
Organize Alerts and Feeds
Most databases have an alert feature. This feature allows you to set up a feed or email alert based on a search so that articles that fit the criteria are sent to you when added published.
Other Hints & Tips
Know what research is required for your subject.
Understand what information you can get immediately and what you need to plan in advance for.
Keep up to date with what’s going on in your field.
Review the standards for Human Subject Research if you are involved in primary research. See the Institutional Review Board.
You can set up services to alert you when new content is published in your favorite journals.