Library Digest December 2020
The Library Digest is published in the second half of each month and highlights what’s happening and what’s coming up at your Library.
What’s Happening at your Library
- Curbside and digitization services have been suspended until January 11, 2021, due to new provincial restrictions. The Library also cannot accept returns until January 11, 2021. We have automatically renewed borrowed items until January 25, 2021.
- Register for a Library workshop – These sessions will guide you through the workings of the APA and IEEE citation style guides and answer any questions you may have about sources that are confusing and unclear.
- Check out latest edition of LibLights to learn about some of the impactful ways we have been elevating our services to our students and faculty through OER, teaching support, and GIS Data Retrieval.
- In this edition of Meet Your Library Staff, we are featuring Kevin Tanner, our Coordinator of Instruction Literacy and Instruction and Liaison for Learner and Academic Services.
- Our New and Notable Resource List for December/January features e-Resources that provide you with useful learning and study strategies to help you achieve academic success.
- Keep up with service changes or contact us through the library homepage at sait.ca/library .
Library Research Tips from the Pros - Citation Management Tools
Citation management tools collect the metadata needed for citations from research databases (indexes, catalogs, etc.) and websites that you can then organize for your research projects.
Citation management tools help you:
- import citations from your databases and websites
- build and organize bibliographies
- share information with others in your field
- take notes on articles and save them in your collection of citations
- save and organize PDFs, screenshots, graphs, images, and other files for your research
No citation software is perfect, and the citations they output are as only good as the information/metadata that you input. This software will not format for capitalization or other formatting errors caused by incorrect or incomplete metadata.
The Reg Erhardt Library supports these citation management tools:
- Zotero is a free research tool that will help you collect and organize information sources (websites, books from library catalogs, articles from databases & Google Scholar)
- Mendeley is a free research tool that enables you to manage citations and PDFs using a desktop client or through your account on mendeley.com.
- Microsoft Word has a built-in citation tool, it is not as robust as other citation software. It will produce a start for citations for basic sources in APA 6th edition (e.g., books, article, websites) but more complex sources (e.g., conference proceedings, journal articles, images) or styles (e.g., IEEE) are often incorrect and very difficult to edit.
Note: The Library is currently using APA 7th Edition and we do not recommend completely relying on any citation software. Always check your citations against our guides or the official style guidelines.
Featured Resource: LinkedIn Learning
LinkedIn Learning provides SAIT students, faculty, and staff with online video tutorials that are cover beginner basics to advanced technical skills on a wide variety of topics which will help them improve and enhance their professional and personal skills.
With LinkedIn Learning, you can learn something new or upgrade your existing skill set with expert-led video instruction; find tutorials on software like Microsoft Office, other computer applications, and online platforms; or take business or team building courses on career development, entrepreneurship, project management, marketing, design, photography, and much more.
Check weekly for new topics and courses and download the tutorials to your mobile devices.
To get started, you will need to register and activate your LinkedIn Learning account .
All current SAIT students, faculty and staff have free access to the wide variety of high-quality online courses and tutorials through LinkedIn Learning .