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LDRS501: Research: Organizing Research

When conducting in-depth and extensive research it can become difficult to keep track of all sources and citations. The following are some free online tools for collecting and organizing research. Even if you choose not to use one of the tools, the University of Jamestown Librarians highly recommend that you develop your own system to organize and track your research.
IMPORTANT: Citation management tools sometimes produce errors when they create citations. They are excellent at pulling the elements of citations, but frequently have issues with proper formatting. If you decide to use one of these tools it is your responsibility to check that your citations are properly formatted and that all required information is included.‚Äč


Zotero - a free bibliographic manager available as a software plugin in your web browser. Zotero collects, manages, and cites research from multiple types of sources. Through Zotero you can organize your research into different folders for different projects. Zotero can create bibliographies using Word or OpenOffice. Zotero provides a series of tutorial videos to get you started. 


Mendeley - a free reference manager that allows you to manage citations and PDFs. It includes plugins for Word and OpenOffice to create citations and/or bibliographies as you write. Unlike other similar tools, Mendeley is a social networking tool that allows you to connect and share with other researchers and students - you can even login via Facebook.