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Introduction to Citation Management
Students often wonder how to best manage the overwhelming pile of research that can accumulate while doing graduate coursework and dissertations. In this section, we have outlined several tools which are best used in the practice of organizing citations, journal articles, notes, links, interviews, recorded materials, and internet sources.
Just as each student’s research needs are unique, each of the tools discussed below are also unique, offering a wide variety of advantages and disadvantages. You should take time to familiarize yourself with each of these technologies in order to discover which is right for you.
Citation Management Tools
Mendeley is a proprietary piece of Citation Management Software. Used primarily by students in the social-science oriented fields of theology (i.e. Spiritual Care and Counseling), Mendeley is recommended for students looking to organize journal articles, links, highlights, and notes.
Zotero is an open source Citation Management Software that allows students to collect research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, and snapshots of web pages. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you're looking for with just a few keystrokes. Because of Zotero's open source nature, it easily integrates with existing word processing tools (e.g. Microsoft Word or NeoOffice).
Other Research Management Tools
DTL Worldcat Discovery
Users can create an account in WorldCat in order to save items in a list (akin to a shopping cart) and export lists as citations or by email.
Like Google Drive, Dropbox provides free cloud storage for any file format, can serve as an "online flash drive" and synchronizing file backup system.
Evernote is an information repository which functions primarily to store links, recordings, typed notes, attached files, and visited websites. We encourage the use of Evernote to collect the various miscellaneous digital resources you discover.
Instapaper allows students to save all of the interesting articles and videos they find. With one click, Instapaper lets you save, read, and manage the things you find on the Internet. Instapaper is available on the iPhone, Android, and in your web browser.
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