What services are available through the Libraries?
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Library checklist for new researchers
Set up off-campus access
Add proxy bookmarklet to Chrome/Firefox/etc.
Click the bookmarklet button to reload the page, prompting you to connect to the UMN Libraries system
Download the UMN VPN software.
Connect to the UMN network off campus. Use “Full Tunnel” to get content provided by the Libraries.
Add library links to Google Scholar.
Settings > Library Links > search “minnesota”. Adds “Find It” links connecting to the UMN Libraries system.
Get started with research tools
Sign into your library account to view loans & requests.
Log into Interlibrary Loan & Digital Delivery for the first time.
The first time you log in, the ILL system will ask you to specify delivery settings and other preferences. Use ILL to request books and articles that the library doesn’t have. Digital Delivery will scan and deliver articles and chapters from our print collection via the same request forms.
Download a citation manager.
A personal database to organize your papers and automatically create and format bibliographies. Start with Zotero, Mendeley, or Endnote.
Register for an ORCiD if you plan to publish.
An ORCiD is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and is often required for manuscript and grant submissions.
orcid.org to register.
z.umn.edu/orcid for more info.
Reserve a carrel.
Wilson and Magrath Libraries have private carrels if you need a space to do library-intensive research. Magrath has limited availability.
Sign up for a workshop.
Bookmark the Political Science research guides.
A list of shortcuts to important research tools in your discipline.
What is a citation manager?
A citation manager is a software tool used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to:
- import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources,
- export your citations into Word documents or other types of publications,
- format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles, and
- include your own notes.
Choosing a citation manager
|Zotero||Mendeley (Not recommended)||EndNote 20||EndNote Online|
|Styles||Many citation styles||Many citation styles||Many citation styles||Fewer citation styles|
|Plug-ins||Microsoft Word, Google Docs||Microsoft Word (not compatible with UMN Office 365)||Microsoft Word||Microsoft Word|
|Storage||300MB free||2GB free||Unlimited||2GB free|
|Editor integration||Word, Google Docs||Word||Word||Word|
|Support||Zotero support||Mendeley support||EndNote 20 support||EndNote Online support|