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For today's class

Welcome to our virtual class! Today we will cover quite a bit of ground; I'm sharing two templates that I hope you will find useful for planning your research, as well as synthesizing and writing your literature review:

Developing an abstract

In order to present your research at Research and Scholarship Days 2021, you will need to submit an abstract.

What is an abstract?

An abstract is an approximately 200-250 word summary of your research. It should be brief, relevant and interesting and is intended to generate interest in your research. If you have not yet carried out the research, you may use the information from your research proposal.

At minimum, your abstract should contain:

 If you have already completed your research  If you have not yet completed your research
 1) What you did  1) What research you intend to carry out
 2) How you did it  2) What method you intend to use and why it is suitable
 3) Why you chose that particular topic to study and its relevance  3) Why you have chosen to undertake this particular research
 4) What was learned from the research  4) Its expected impact, relevance or importance
 5) Future directions  

Note: Your abstract should contain only information that you will be presenting on.

Explore these resources to help you write your abstract (or improve it if you already have a draft written).

Starting (and chaining) with Google Scholar!

Don't forget to set your scholar preferences in the top righthand corner so that the "library links" for Mount Royal (College and University) are displayed!

Google Scholar Search

Search for articles, books, multimedia, and more

Search articles, books, multimedia & more

Social Media Mentions - search tools

News search tools

Recommended Databases

Here are several databases that contain publications covering sex work from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

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Citation Management

Citation management software

Citation management software allows you to save and organize items found via searching the library's databases. It also can be used to create reference lists and citations for papers. There are a number of software systems available

Two of the most popular free software management systems are Mendeley and Zotero. Below are some features that may help you decide between the two:

Reasons to choose Mendeley

  • Your research consists mainly of pdfs. Often this is the choice for researchers in the Sciences
  • Mendeley works well with Chrome and Safari and has a desktop version
  • 2 GB cloud storage
  • Mendeley has very well developed social collaboration tools. For example, you can find citations from similar users and search within its crowd-sourced research database
  • Desktop version is installed on all publicly accessible computers at MRU

Reasons to choose Zotero

  • Zotero works better if your research is both html and pdf. Often this is the choice for researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Zotero works well with Firefox. It also has a standalone desktop application
  • 300 MB cloud storage
  • Allows easy citation additions from websites like Amazon and Flickr
  • Well liked interface for tagging and writing notes to accompany citations

Assistance with Citation Management Software

If you have any difficulties installing the software contact ITS at or 403.440.6000

Further questions about citation management software? Contact your subject librarian.