Summer research tips for B.A. writers

Working on your B.A. paper over the summer?  Whether you are on campus or away from Chicago, the Library is available to help you in several ways.

Access to Online Resources
You can access the Library’s electronic resources–including ebooks!—no matter where you are located this summer.  To ensure access, use the Library’s website to connect to our online resources (you will be promoted for your CNetID) or use the ProxyIt! bookmarklet.  Need help locating online resources for your paper?  Our Library Guides are a great place to start.

Scan and Deliver
If you are away from campus, and need to read an article or essay from a book that is not available online, use our Scan and Deliver service to request a copy be sent to you via e-mail.  There are some limits to the service, so please read our instructions before making your requests.

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Librarians are available during the summer to help you–in person or remotely via our email and IM/Chat service. Photo by Jason Smith.

Doing Research at Other Libraries
If you are interested in visiting other libraries and archives to conduct research for your B.A. paper, view our guide to doing research at other libraries before you go.  You’ll find tips on how to access different institutions, and strategies for identifying relevant collections.

Learn About Citation Managers
Summer is an ideal time to learn how citation managers can ease the BA research process.  Use citation managers such as Zotero or EndNote to organize your research and create footnotes and bibliographies automatically for your paper.  The Library is offering online workshops over the summer to help you learn about these programs.  Or, if you are staying in Chicago, schedule an appointment for a tutorial.

Ask a Librarian/Reference Services
Our librarians are on hand throughout the summer to help you with your research.  E-mail or use our IM/chat service for help away from campus.  Or, if you are staying in Chicago, this may be a good time to schedule a consultation  with a reference librarian or subject specialist, who can suggest sources and research strategies for your project.

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