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Reference Management Software: An Introduction to Zotero and Mendeley

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  • 1. Reference Management Software: An Introduction to Zotero and Mendeley V. Sriram Chief Librarian, K.N. Raj Library Centre for Development Studies Thiruvananthapuram India email: vsrirams@gmail.com
  • 2. Contents  Literature – What and How to manage  Basics of referencing – What and Why  Reference management software  Zotero – Features  Zotero – Word integration
  • 3. Literature Research requires engagement with literature at each and every stage starting from exploring the topic to submission of the paper / theses / report. Researchers gather a huge mound of literature in the research process and are often shocked to find that they are not able to manage it well. Making literature manageable involves assessing their relevance, systematically keeping track of the sources, and maintaining notes / annotations
  • 4. Managing Literature Systematic gathering of sources: Using proper tools to gather literature – Google Scholar, Journal Databases, … Creating bibliographic records and making it error free Organizing by topic, subject, research area… Linking the soft copy full text for easy retrieval Assigning a unique primary-key for print items.
  • 5. Managing Literature Annotation / Notes: Incorporating the following Author and the audience Summary Critical comments Notes on relevance
  • 6. Referencing What is referencing? It is a method used by the researchers to demonstrate that they have conducted a thorough and appropriate literature search, and reading. To accurately acknowledge other people's work and ideas when writing your own work, you need to use a referencing style. There are many types of referencing style such as Chicago Style, MLA, MPA …
  • 7. Referencing Need for referencing Accurate referencing reflects good academic practice and enhances the presentation of your work: it shows that your writing is based on knowledge and informed by appropriate academic reading. You need referencing to ensure that anyone reading your work can trace the sources you have used in the development of your work, and give you due credit for your research efforts and quality. If you do not acknowledge another writer's work or ideas, you could be accused of plagiarism.
  • 8. Reference management software To record the details of all the information you find. You will need these details to provide accurate references, and to enable you to locate the information again at a later date Benefits: search easily for a particular reference to which you need to refer back print or save lists of references insert citations into your document and automatically produce a bibliography in whatever style you require
  • 9. Zotero Free – Open Source Platform independent Works Offline and Online Over 6700 referencing styles Data Sharing 26 fields 34 Types of Sources Linking full text / pdf Integration with MS-Office / Open Office
  • 10. Firefox - Installation
  • 11. Zotero - Installation
  • 12. Zotero - Installation
  • 13. Open Zotero
  • 14. Collecting References
  • 15. Collecting References
  • 16. Adding items
  • 17. Organizing items
  • 18. Drag & Drop Items
  • 19. Notes
  • 20. Tags
  • 21. Searching Items
  • 22. Zotero – Word Add - in
  • 23. Insert Citation
  • 24. Insert Bibliography
  • 25. Create Zotero Account
  • 26. Zotero Login
  • 27. Synchronize
  • 28. Settings
  • 29. Backup
  • 30. Mendeley Free – Open Source Platform independent Works Offline and Online Over 6789 referencing styles Data Sharing 66 fields 19 Types of Sources Linking full text / pdf Integration with MS-Office / Open Office
  • 31. Mendeley Desktop - Installation
  • 32. Installation
  • 33. Installation
  • 34. Installation
  • 35. Open Mendeley Desktop
  • 36. Adding items
  • 37. Collecting References
  • 38. Collecting References
  • 39. Organizing items
  • 40. Drag & Drop Items
  • 41. Notes
  • 42. Annotations
  • 43. Searching Items
  • 44. Word Plug - in
  • 45. Adding Citation
  • 46. Insert Citation
  • 47. Insert Bibliography
  • 48. Synchronize
  • 49. Conclusion Organizes your research materials Long term storage Reduces data entry and formatting Helps to develop your research
  • 50. Thank you! V Sriram email: vsrirams@gmail.com