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Citation and Research
Software
Siobhan McCarthy
NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Technology Committee

Prepared for LibraryLinkNJ Technolo...
Citation Management Software
Free Options
Zotero
http://www.zotero.org/
 Stand-alone or browser extension
 Plugins for o...
Citation Management Software
Commercial Options
 Subscriptions frequently available through educational institutions
(usu...
Citation Generators
Quickly create citations by entering publication information into fields
and choosing which format to ...
Online Citation Guides
Citation guides created by publishers and/or educational
institutions, often by the writing centers...
Internet Research
Online bookmarking software can be helpful in the research process, though these
services do not export ...
Bibliographies
WorldCat
http://www.worldcat.org/
 Accounts allow users to create lists of individual titles
 Export into...
But before you cite…
Slight differences between citation generators are common, and the result is only as
good as the info...
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Citation and Research Software

  1. 1. Citation and Research Software Siobhan McCarthy NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Technology Committee Prepared for LibraryLinkNJ Technology Speed Dating Parsippany Public Library January 14, 2014
  2. 2. Citation Management Software Free Options Zotero http://www.zotero.org/  Stand-alone or browser extension  Plugins for open source office suites and Microsoft Word Mendeley http://www.mendeley.com/  Stand-alone or browser extension Microsoft Word (or other Office software)  Not necessarily free, but already installed  Allows for entering references into a database within the document, creating citations or reference lists as you go
  3. 3. Citation Management Software Commercial Options  Subscriptions frequently available through educational institutions (usually colleges and universities, some high schools)  Fully featured programs often cost-prohibitive for individuals Examples:  NoodleTools  EndNote, EndNoteWeb  Refworks
  4. 4. Citation Generators Quickly create citations by entering publication information into fields and choosing which format to export. EasyBib http://www.easybib.com/  MLA only, other formats available with upgrade  Acceptable for most high school students, or undergraduate writing courses Son of Citation Machine http://citationmachine.net/  Create citations one at a time Noodle Tools Express  Free version of NoodleBib
  5. 5. Online Citation Guides Citation guides created by publishers and/or educational institutions, often by the writing centers. The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) http://owl.english.purdue.edu/  Commonly referred to by instructors  Comprehensive, including examples of research papers, annotated bibliographies, and many citation formats  Allows for reproduction of content with permission Bedford/St. Martins Press, “Research and Documentation Online” http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/resdoc5e/  a.k.a. “Hacker Handbooks”  Series of handbooks on various citation formats, with most content available for free online  Includes many examples of in-text citations.
  6. 6. Internet Research Online bookmarking software can be helpful in the research process, though these services do not export citations. Diigo http://www.diigo.com  Browser extensions, bookmarklets, and stand-alone iOS and Android apps available  Ability to save highlights and annotations to websites  Upgrade account for archiving Delicious http://www.delicious.com  Browser bookmarklets  API available for creating link rolls on external websites Pinboard http://www.pinboard.in  One time sign-up fee required  Streamlined, minimal social features  Upgrade ($25/yr) to archival account
  7. 7. Bibliographies WorldCat http://www.worldcat.org/  Accounts allow users to create lists of individual titles  Export into a reference list, or in a format readable by citation management software  Users can set “favorite” libraries to track where books might be available Your Local Library OPAC e.g. http://www.bccls.org/  Many ILSs allow for the creation of lists of materials, which can be exported in a specific bibliographic format
  8. 8. But before you cite… Slight differences between citation generators are common, and the result is only as good as the information put in. Or it might not be necessary to even use citation software at all. Encourage students to try to construct the citation themselves  Intimidation is a common reason for wanting to use a citation generator instead of doing citations by hand.  Citation management software not time-effective if only creating a couple of citations. Garbage in, garbage out  Double check information being entered into the citation generator for accuracy.  Compare the results of a generator against other sources e.g. local ILS citation to a citation example from Hacker, or the Purdue OWL Suggest to the student that they consult their instructor if they have questions about formatting or sources.

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