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Research Tips: Organize

Free Database Accounts

Most databases allow you to set-up a free account.  Use this tool to help you manage your search results.

  • Save search records into folders.  As you search, add relevant records to a folder.
  • Save your search history.  You probably won't complete all of your searching in one session.  Instead of writing down all of the searches that you have performed (so you don't repeat yourself later), save your search history in an account.
  • Set-up search alerts.  If you have developed a good search strategy, you can have the database alert you when a new article is added based on your search criteria.

 

EBSCO databases (including CINAHL)

  1. Click on "Sign In" (upper right corner)
  2. Click on "Create a New Account"
  3. Complete the required information
  4. Click on "Folder" (upper right corner) to access your account
  5. Once in your account, click on "Help" (upper right corner) and then click on "Using Folders" (left side of the screen) for information about using it.

 

ProQuest Databases (including ERIC and PsycINFO)

  1. Click on "My Research" (upper right corner)
  2. Click on "Create a My Research Account"
  3. Complete the required information
  4. Click on "My Research" to access your account.
  5. Once in your account, click on "Help" (upper right corner) for information about using it.

 

PubMed

  1. Click on "Sign in to My NCBI" (upper right corner)
  2. Click on "Register for an NCBI Account"
  3. Complete the required information
  4. Click on "My NCBI" to access your account
  5. Once in your account, click on "Help" (upper right corner) for information about using it.

EndNote

EndNote for citation software free to NSU Students, Staff, and Faculty. Great for extensive research projects.  

 

EndNote is reference management software with features to—

  • Keep all your references and reference-related materials in a searchable personal library.
  • Synchronize your references between up to three of your personal computers, an online library, and your iPad, through EndNote sync. (You must be the owner and user of all three computers.)

  • Share your references with collaborators through EndNote sync.

  • Use your references in word-processing documents to create formatted citations and bibliographies or independent reference lists.