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Education - Literature Reviews

This guide outlines the purpose and process of a literature review and explains how to create search terms for conducting research on your topic.

Citation Management Tools

CITATION MANAGERS

There are a number of citation managers on the market. Choosing the right tool for you may depend on a number of factors: (1) are you an undergraduate student? (2) are you a graduate student working on a thesis and dissertation? (3) will you be collaborating on a big research project with a team of scholars?

Most citation managers perform the same functions, so for those working on undergraduate papers, many of the freely available citation managers will do the job. Graduate students embarking on bigger projects (like writing a dissertation) or collaborative projects (like embarking on a systematic review) may wish to invest in a citation manager capable of filtering huge numbers of citations and of generating accurate bibliographies.

While Zotero and Mendeley are great choices for those looking for free software, those working on Systematic Reviews may want to invest in the latest version of EndNote (which is available at a UofC discount for $150).

The following is a short comparison chart of the three above mentioned programs:

 

Zotero

Mendeley

EndNote

Price?

Free

Free

$150 (with discount)

Where do I get it?

Create Account

Download Software

Create Account

Download Software

Contact UofC Bookstore

Can I attach PDFs?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Does it work with Word?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Will it work with my MAC?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Does it generate a bibliography?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Does it automatically de-duplicate?

Not automatically

Yes

Yes

Can I share libraries?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Can I use after I graduate from UofC?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Web storage?

300 MB

2 GB

Unlimited