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Library Power Tools
Learn the shortcuts to doing rapid and powerful research. You can print, or download, your Library Power Tools handout.
Boolean Logic offers a powerful way of searching academic databases and the Internet. Boolean logic operators AND and NOT will always narrow your search, and allow you to be more specific. They decrease the number of search results.
If you do not know how to do a Boolean search, click here.
Evaluating the Information You Find
Evaluating the information you find as you conduct your research is an important skill. Not all research is created the same. Some books, articles and websites are reliable and worth using as sources for your research. Other books, articles and websites may be inaccurate at best, or filled with propaganda at worst. In order to know the difference, you need to acquire skills to determine which books articles and websites you should cite as accurate and reliable information. In addition, you will need to know if the material you are reading for your assignment is primary or secondary research.
Keeping Track of Your Research
Citation Style Guides and Management Tools - Part of keeping track of your research is knowing how to use bibliographies and knowing how to create citations to the research you use. This guide will take you in the right direction.
SBC Librarians like Zotero because it works easily with your browser to save whole web pages or PDF documents with the citation information that matches them. It also enable you to search not simply within your citations, but also within the PDFs and web pages you have saved. Another great feature allows you to save your searches in Zotero for future use.
Please note - - SBC Library will no longer support RefWorks after May 2014!
RefWorks is an online research management tool that Sweet Briar College Library will no longer support after the end of the Spring semester of 2014. If you use RefWorks you should migrate your folders of citations to another citation management tool. A Word document that describes how to migrate your folders of citations from RefWorks to Zotero is located here. If you would like more help, please contact Liz Kent León (email@example.com) for one-on-one assistance.
Sweet Briar College Library recognizes and affirms the rights of copyright owners. Please review the Copyright Policies of Sweet Briar College Libraries here.