Keep Track of Your Research

Keep track of your research

There are reference or citation management software programs that will allow you to save citations from databases, organize and format them and create bibliographies of these references using specific style formats. Examples of citation management programs available at UCSC include  ZOTERO and ENDNOTE .


 

ZOTERO

Pros:

  • Free to use on your own computer (up to 100MB)
  • Not tied to student status
  • Very easy to use
    • One click upload of articles from all article databases
    • One click to save citation and snapshot of a web page
  • Can search inside the pdfs
  • Can drag & drop into Google Docs

Cons:

  • Cannot use on public computers (like at the library)
  • Sharing folders of citations and synchronizing your citations on multiple computers may exceed the free 100MB storage limit (only $20 a year for1G of additional storage though).
  • Strongly suggest you manually backup due to it being a (mostly) free service and not guaranteed.

Notes:

  • Visit the Zotero website for more detailed information.
  • Easy to backup to EndNote Web, or can backup to USB drive, etc.
  • Add output styles to your list from http://www.zotero.org/styles
  • Can export in BibTeX format

 

ENDNOTE WEB 


Pros:

  • Free while a student at UCSC
    • Free to use on multiple computers
    • Sharing citations and sharing folders with other students is free
  • Instantly portable: easy access from any computer (files stored on web server) using any web browser
  • Paid for by campus subscription so stable (manual backup not needed)
  • One click upload of citations from Web of Science, Biosis and Inspec

Cons:

  • Lose access when graduate
  • Less easy to import citations than with Zotero:
    • Most article databases (except WOS, Biosis & Inspec) require download to desktop before can upload to ENW
    • Each article database has slightly different download requirements to be able to upload into ENW
    • Check here for tips on importing citations into EndNote Web.

Notes:

  • See our Tips for Importing from Top Databases
  • Visit the EndNote website for more detailed information
  • Easy (but not cheap) upgrade to powerful desktop version (EndNote) for a fee to purchase the software (over $100)
  • Can export in BibTeX format

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