Citation Management Software Sampler


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  • Web based with stand alone desktop downloadFree, but can upgrade storage space for a monthly fee (300 MB of free storage, 2 G for $20/month – one plan example)You can download a plug-in for your browserZotero works with Firefox, Chrome and Safari
  • Zotero connector installs to your browser. When an item is available for capture, an icon will show in the browser address bar. Zotero can automatically create an item of the appropriate type and populate the metadata fields when you click on this icon.
  • Citation Management Software Sampler

    1. 1. Citation Management Sampler An overview of popular citation management tools January 28, 2014
    2. 2. Gumberg Library’s status • Our subscription to RefWorks will expire on June 30, 2014. • Variety of citation management tools available, both free and at cost. • We will offer assistance with transitioning to several in the coming months. • Which one should you use?
    3. 3. RefWorks (Institutional Subscription) • The current citation management system supported by Gumberg Library • Web-based • Stores references • Formats them in hundreds of different styles • Generate bibliographies • Need to download and install the Write-N-Cite feature • Format a paper with in-text citations and bibliography
    4. 4. Transitioning to Other Citation Management Tools from Current RefWorks Account • You CAN export your RefWorks database to other Citation Management Software. • You CANNOT export your Attachments; you will have to do that manually. • If exporting to a non-RefWorks alternative, you must take extra steps to maintain your folder structure.
    5. 5. 4 Citation Management Alternatives • RefWorks (Individual Subscription) • Zotero • Mendeley • EndNote
    6. 6. RefWorks (Individual Subscription) • Costs $100/year • Same features as RefWorks (Institutional Subscription) EXCEPT: • Attachments is NOT a feature for Individual Subscriptions • The Find It link to full text in Duquesne databases will NOT appear
    7. 7. RefWorks (Individual Subscription) Pros • Most of the same features and strengths of RefWorks (Institutional) Cons • Cost = $100/year • No Attachments feature available • No Find It link available • Same weaknesses as RefWorks (Institutional)
    8. 8. Zotero • Web-based • Free • Download to your browser • Works with Firefox, Chrome, and Safari
    9. 9. Zotero • Can add a Zotero “connector” to Firefox, Chrome, and Safari • Features • Stores sources • Formats them in a variety of styles • Generates a bibliography • With a free account, can sync with your other devices
    10. 10. Zotero Pros/Cons Pros • • • • • Free Web-based Easy to add sources Plug-ins for Word/Open Office Syncs with Zotero cloud and other devices Cons • Must install browser connector to capture database/DuCat citations • Not user-friendly with IE, which is the DU default browser • Must install Zotero Stand Alone software on any computer you use
    11. 11. Mendeley • • • • • • Free and web-based Focused on community, research sharing “Crowd sourced literature discovery” Tools for annotation “Find relevant papers based on what you are reading” Great for collaboration
    12. 12. Mendeley Pros/Cons Pros • • • • • • • • Free Web-based w/ Desktop Version Web Import, Drag & Drop Ease of adding PDFs Social Media for Research Plug-ins for Word/OpenOffice Made to interface with Google Scholar Mobile access Cons • • • • • Syncing Exporting (catalogs & databases) Less intuitive than Zotero, RefWorks Renders citations poorly Cannot generate bibliographies independently
    13. 13. EndNote • • • • • • Installed on desktop, but can access and manage from anywhere Stores large number of sources Creates bibliographies in over 5,000 styles Can format paper with Cite While You Write (like Write-N-Cite) Opens, annotates, and searches PDF files Can share references
    14. 14. EndNote Pros • Best option for storing large libraries • Formats papers and bibliographies in thousands of styles • Allows storage and annotation of PDFs Cons • Not web-based; has to be installed on computer • Cost
    15. 15. Citation Generators • • • • Meet the citation needs of many undergrads Generate citations and immediate bibliographies (in MLA or limited styles) Not always correct, but give a place to start EXAMPLES: • EasyBib • BibMe • NoodleBib
    16. 16. Comparison of Features • Comparison Chart handout • RefWorks and EndNote are citation tools • Zotero and Mendeley are research tools that include a citation manager as one of their features
    17. 17. Demos
    18. 18. Further Exploration • • • • • RefWorks • Choosing a Citation Manager, University of Washington Zotero • Citation Managers: Comparison of Features, UWM Mendeley EasyBib EndNote • Tool Comparisons, Harvard Library • Comparison of Reference Management Software, Wikipedia • Link to Research Guide for Comparison (Gumberg)
    19. 19. The Right Tool for You • Review the different options available • Select the software that meets YOUR needs • Gumberg Library will be providing resources and training to help you make the transition
    20. 20. Questions? Emily Cantin, MLIS 412.396.6133 Leslie Lewis, MLIS 412.396.5342