Academic papers are conversations between multiple authors; we agree with, refute, and challenge the ideas of other scholars. Responsible scholarship dictates that we properly credit scholars with their work when it is mentioned - enter citations.
Citations are for transparency and access. In addition to proving that you've done your due diligence as an academic, citations let readers know what you've read and where they can access a source you've used.
One of the challenges of doing research is keeping track of your citations. The library provides access to a number of tools to help you manage your resources. Below is a quick overview of three Citation Management systems. A more detailed comparison and instructions on how to use these are described in detail in the bibliographic management guide.
What is citation management software?
Citation management software (aka bibliographic management software ) allows users to build, organize, and manage citations.
What does citation management software do?
Import records from article databases and create bibliographies almost instantaneously
Add abstracts, keywords, and other functions that enhance and improve the efficiency of projects
Allows users to collaborate on shared projects
Allows users to embed footnotes and endnotes in documents
Users should still:
Manually double check the bibliography or reference list
Check for errors or omissions from the database from which references were retrieved
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|Tutorials||Endnote Training||Zotero Tutorial||Mendeley Tutorial|
This may change, for the most up to date pricing, please check the website.
Free: 2GB, 50,000 citations (EndNote Basic)
One time purchase of $119.95 through the ThinkEDU online store
Free: 300 MB storage
$20/year: 2 GB storage
$60/year: 6 GB storage
$120/year: Unlimited storage
Free: 2GB storage
$4.99/month: 5GB storage