Well, you've been back in classes now for a couple of weeks --- are you in the routine yet? Back to planning for homework time around your work schedule and social life? Have your research times scheduled into your week? No, not yet? Well, Kansas State University Libraries have a few cool tools to help you get your research going and your study time organized.
First, let's talk about planning for your papers this semester. We have a cool tool called the Assignment Planner (I know, it's not catchy, but don't judge it by its title - it really is the bombdiggity). You can enter the due date for your paper and it will give you a breakdown of all the steps involved in research and writing the paper with a timeline for each. The tool even provides links to resources that explain what each step entails.
Second, while we're talking about research and resources, you really need to use RefWorks to organize your resources. Haven't heard of it before? Well, it's pretty much the coolest thing since sliced bread. For real. It helps you organize all of the sources for your research into separate folders, allows you to export the citations for your reference straight into RefWorks, and will even --- here's the cool part --- put together your bibliography page for you in the proper citation style. Yep, that's what I said --- does the page for you (granted, it sometimes makes mistakes so you still want to check it against a style guide). Want to learn more about RefWorks? Luckily for you, we teach classes on how to use RefWorks --- for free!!! You can sign up for one here. We'll be adding more classes throughout the semester so if you don't see a time that works for you, check back later.
And last, the best tool "evah" is really our Ask-a-Librarian service. You can get help from a librarian along the way at almost anytime (well, not at like 3am) by stopping in to see us, giving us a call, or even IMing with us when you need help. The different ways you can contact us are on the right side of the Ask-a-Librarian page. If it is 3am and you do need help, we have put together a Frequently Asked Questions list on the left side of the page to help you out --- and if you can't find your question there, just contact us during our service hours or shoot us an email and we'll get back to you as soon as we get in the building.
Most important --- just let us know if you need help with your organizing and planning --- or really, with any question you might have at all. Even if we don't know the answer, we'll try to get you to someone who does. Have a great Spring 2012 semester!
m. e. fritch