Tips for the time strapped

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In an ideal world we’d allow ample time for our research.  In the real world life intervenes, and even the well-prepared find themselves working close to deadlines.  As the semester nears its end, I’ll remind everyone of the following library resources and services:

Full text limiters

Most databases allow you to limit your search to full text articles.  Some databases, such as JSTOR, contain a large amount of full text content.  In other words you can get additional articles right away.

Citation managers

The libraries subscribe to RefWorks.  If you use an EBSCO database (for ex. Academic Search Complete), you can also store and organize your citations via My EBSCOhost.  Such tools will save you time when it comes to the reference list.

Requestor and  ILL

Interlibrary loan is faster than ever.   When you request books via the URSUS catalog, the turnaround time is fast as well .


Let’s not forget chat technology.  Let’s not forget the human librarians ready to help you.

Extended hours

Hours vary for each campus.  For details check the finals hours on the library website.


Please share these tips with students and colleagues.  Aren’t we all time-strapped, after all?