Answered By: Alicia Hopkins
Last Updated: Oct 27, 2020     Views: 73

There are a few ways for you to save any articles or other materials you might find while researching through Library Services. Here are some of your options.


You may e-mail (to yourself or anyone else) any article you find in a database through the Library website. This can be helpful because it provides a link to find the same article or citation again later. Once you click on a work's title to see the citation, there will be a link to e-mail it (most databases have it on the right side of the screen, but the location might be different, depending on which database you are using). It is also possible to e-mail book, e-book, DVD, or online video records from Library Services' catalog to yourself the same way.

Mendeley or Zotero

Mendeley and Zotero are two robust, free bibliographic management tools. These are extremely useful if you are collecting many articles for many projects or classes, and need to be able to organize them and get help formatting bibliographies. These consist of a few different plugins, such as one for Firefox that allows you to save articles from anywhere on the internet, and another plugin for Microsoft Word that will help you cite from your articles as you write your paper.

To learn how to use Mendeley or Zotero, see our Citation Management Tools guide at

Database Folders

It is also possible to save your work directly to the database (instead of a third party like Mendeley or Zotero). HOWEVER, this option does have some drawbacks. First, you may only save resources found in that particular database. For example, if you find one article you like in ERIC and another in Opposing Viewpoints, you will not be able to save them in the same place. Also, you must make sure you are logged in when you save something, or else it will lose all of the resources as soon as you close out of your research. To properly save research in a database:

  • Go to the Library Services home page. Click on Databases A-Z.
  • Scroll to whichever database you would like to use for your research.
  • Click Sign In and then Create a New Account (different databases may have different labels or locations)
  • Follow the prompts to create an account. NOTE: Like Mendeley or Zotero, the account you are creating is through an outside vendor (a common one is the company called EBSCO), NOT Springfield College. Therefore, if there is a problem with your account or if you forget your password, Springfield College will not be able to help you or look it up. You would have to contact the company directly for assistance.
  • Once you have successfully created an account, you can begin saving articles. When you've found an article you'd like to save, click Add to Folder. Your resource will remain in you folder(s) whenever you log back into your account.

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