Research Survival Skills

Looking over your syllabi for classes you realize that you have a lot of work to do this semester. Maybe you have a presentation, a group project, and two or three research papers. Not only are you pressed for time, but you don't even know where to begin! The library can help. We are offering a series of research survival sessions which show you the best ways to search organize your information, and save time, effort, and frustration. The sessions will include:

APA (or MLA) the Easy Way - RefWorks 2.0.
RefWorks is a bibliography management software tool that allows you to easily store the citations that you find as you search library databases and then quickly generate a bibliography in the citation style of your choosing. The best thing about RefWorks is that it's free to use for all Loyola and Notre Dame faculty, students, and staff.

One-On-One Consultation: Schedule a one-on-one consultation with a Research & Instruction librarian and learn how to use this valuable tool. A librarian can meet with you for a 45-min. session and show you how to set up a RefWorks account, store citations that you find in library databases, and use RefWorks to create a bibliography for your paper. Librarians are available to meet from 8:00am-9:30pm most days of the week. Schedule a consultation by:

  • Emailing: askemail@loyola.edu
  • Calling: 410-617-6802
    -OR-

Working on a group project? Schedule a consultation for the whole group!

Group Sessions (outside the library):
If you would prefer to attend a group session outside the library, the following sessions are scheduled at
Loyola's Columbia campus (All workshops are 12-1 in Room 269):

February 13
March 13
April 10


May the Source Be with You -- Avoiding Plagiarism.
Understand plagiarism and learn procedures for paraphrasing, including effective reading and note taking, and master proper citation formats.

Friday, February 7, 3:30-4:30pm
Sunday, February 23, 5:30-6:30pm
Thursday, March 20, 4:00-5:00pm
Wednesday, April 16th 12:00-1:00pm


MLA Database (English 200)
Learn to use the MLA Bibliography database to find literary criticism on a sample topic, and get acquainted with library services such as catalog MIC requests and use of ILL. The session is designed for English 200 students, but is potentially useful for anyone doing research in literature or other subjects as well.

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 5:30-6:30pm
Sunday, Feb. 9, 4:30-5:30pm
Monday, Feb. 10, 12-1pm
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6-7pm


All sessions not otherwise indicated are held at the Library - check in at the Research Assistance desk when you arrive. You can just drop in, but if you'd like to sign up ahead of time, contact us at 410-617-6802 or askemail@loyola.edu


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