Following up on our talk of organizing literature, today we turn to citation managers, which can save you time and make citing and writing more fun! (Ok, less stressful?)
One approach to organizing the literature you find is to use a citation manager. Why, you may ask? Because, a citation manager can help you:
Citation managers work with subject databases, search engines, Google Scholar, and the like.
1. Set up an account in a citation manager. There are numerous options out there (see this comparison chart). People often like to use what their advisor or research team or other collaborative partners are using. Play around with one (or more!) to see what works best for you. Fogler Library supports Zotero and Mendeley, so those will be our focus.
2. Begin creating/organizing folders and pulling in literature. Consider what you're working on, and what folders or categories of literature would make sense to create. This will all depend on your needs and what suits your style. For example, you might create folders based on: research topic(s) you're exploring, genre (e.g., literature review, theory, research, quantitative, or qualitative), section of an essay (e.g., introduction, literature review, methodology, discussion, dissertation/thesis chapter), or project (e.g., conference paper, grant project, or publication).
3. Install the Cite While You Write plug-in and try it out! This can be a timesaver because it connects your citation manager to the document you're writing. You're then able to easily insert in-text citations and create automatic reference lists while you're writing your paper(s).
Take your citation management skills to the next level!
Have questions or want additional assistance?
For our final challenge, we'll look at a free tool designed to help you avoid link rot in your reference list. Curious about what link rot is? Join us tomorrow!
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