Welcome to Day 5 of the Literature Review Challenge!
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. Watch this brief video from the Boston University Libraries to learn more, using Zotero as an example.
Your Challenge: Set Up an Account in a Citation Manager and Install the Web Grab-It Feature!
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. 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 topics or themes you're exploring, or different sections of an essay you're writing (e.g., introduction, literature review, methodology, discussion).
Once you install the web grab-it feature, if you don't see it next to your browser, find it in your browser's Extensions or Add-ons list.
3. Create a quick bibliography from your citation manager, in the citation style of your choice. Go to 2:55 in the Boston University Libraries video above for a brief description of how to do this. Remember to double check your bibliography for possible mistakes (no citation generator is perfect). You can edit the citations in your citation manager to fix any errors (e.g., if an author's name is in all caps).
Optional, Awesome BONUS Challenge: Set up Cite While You Write
Take your citation management skills to the next level! 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).
Have questions or want additional assistance?
Nicely done! You've completed the Literature Review Challenge!
Thank you for spending the week with us, diving into all things literature review. We hope you found this program helpful, and we look forward to seeing you on campus and online!
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