Carnegie Mellon University VPN¶
Many of the library search engines and full-text resources are only licensed for campus use. If you are off-campus, you’ll certainly want to use Virtual Private Networking to temporarily tunnel your network traffic through a CMU host.
The current guide can be found here: Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client
The ‘How-to’ sub page contains full directions, but in brief you’ll need to:
Install the software for your particular operating system. You’ll probably want to carefully select which features are installed.
On the first launch, set the server address to
For library use, you’ll generally want ‘Full VPN’ so you have access to third-party full-text resources.
Reference Management Software¶
Searching through academic literature involves sifting through a great many citations and abstracts looking for relevant material. It can be very convenient to use specialized tools to keep track of your search and save relevant papers.
Wikipedia has a useful comparison guide.
Zotero works best if you also install the browser plug-in so you can capture citations directly from web pages. I also recommend setting your default export format to BibLaTeX so that you can directly drag or cut and paste citations in our preferred format.