Top 10 Research Timesavers

Spend a little time learning how to save a lot of time when conducting academic research. Find expert tips below that will cut down on the amount of time you spend researching.

1. Chat 24/7

Don’t wait to get answers. Get immediate expert support by using our chat service. Select the button at the top of the page.

2. Copy and paste citations.

No need to write an APA citation from scratch – our library databases have you covered!

3. Use Google Scholar.

Google Scholar can help you find and request articles fast. Learn how to install Saint Mary’s Google Scholar, find articles from citations, request items, and more.

4. Read peer-reviewed articles fast.

Believe it or not, a 20+ page peer-reviewed article can be digested in 5-10 minutes with no heartburn.

5. Create a research plan.

Hoping your paper magically comes together at the last second? I hope not. Learn how to organize, schedule, and plan your research.

6. Use notes and folders.

Don’t pass notes in class; instead, use notes and folders in SuperSearch to organize your thoughts and research.

7. Use APA templates.

Why reinvent the wheel (and/or APA formatted paper)? Saint Mary’s graduate students can use these program-approved Microsoft Word templates provided by the Writing Center.

8. Set up search alerts.

Search alerts automatically notify you each time a new article, book, or report is published that matches your search criteria.

9. Understand assignment expectations.

Read your syllabus and assignment description. This will help you choose a topic that meets your instructor’s expectations for the assignment. Your instructor may include information such as the type and number of sources that you need to use for the assignment.

10. Connect with your librarian.

We’re happy to help! Contact us via email, phone, chat, or make an appointment.