Time savers in the kitchen and in research

Chopped carrots and broccoli
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To save time on camera TV chefs have many things prepared ahead by their crews.   How do we librarians save researchers time?

We can show novices techniques for searching more efficiently.  These skills include using controlled vocabulary (subject headings), applying limiters, etc.  After all, strategic searching is part of information literacy (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015).

We can show experienced researchers about reference management software.  This handy guide discusses the concept and compares commonly used programs.

With Thanksgiving only two weeks away I couldn’t resist a food analogy.  Still, timesavers help us in research as they help chefs on TV.


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2015).  Framework for information literacy for higher education.  Retrieved from

ACRL website: http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework

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