ISF 190: Thesis Seminar - Holub

Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.  Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but any are easier than doing it by hand!

  1. Zotero: A free plug-in that works in your browser to keeps copies of pdfs and other research materials you find on the web: permits tagging, notation, full text searching of your library of resources, works with Word, and has a free web backup service.  Formats your bibliography and footnotes in many style sheets.
  2. RefWorks - free for UC Berkeley users. It allows you to create your own database by importing references and using them for footnotes and bibliographies. Use the RefWorks New User Form to sign up.
  3. EndNote: may be purchased from UC Berkeley's Software Central.

It's always good to double check the formatting -- sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.

Using APA 6th? Purdue has produced this very handy quick guide. The fulltext of APA 6th is not available online, but we do have print copies in the EdPsych Library in reference and short term reserve at BF76.7 P83 2010

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is an easy way to do interdisciplinary research, and with some settings changes can become even more useful.  You need a Google account to use these features.

  • Set up a Google Scholar Alert to be automatically notified when new articles are added to Google on topics of interest: 

Do your search in Google Scholar. Look in the left sidebar for the Create Alert link next to the envelope icon, and click it.  New items will be sent to your email account as they are found by Google.

  • Make Google display links to full text of articles that Berkeley subscribes to:

Open Scholar.  Click on the gear icon gear icon in the upper right corner, and choose 'scholar preferences'. In the next screen, choose Library Links from the left-hand menu. In the search box, type the word Berkeley.  Choose University of California, Berkeley - UC-eLinks, and Open Worldcat Search.

Do a Google Scholar search. Click on the "Cited by" link under a citation and select the "Search within articles citing..." checkbox.

RSS Feeds and Alerts

Suppose you want to keep current with a specific journal that you don't have a personal subscription to.  You can do it with a RSS feed from the journal.  Let's take the US Energy Information Administration's Annual Energy Outlook.

First, subscribe to an RSS feed reader.  Google has a free one called Google Reader [there are many others].

Then, use the feed reader function to 'add a subscription'  to the journal you want to see updates for.  Or, if the journal has its own RSS feed this icon will appear in the URL box.  Just click it to set up your journal alert.


 

ticTOCS | The ticTOCs Journal Tables of Contents service makes it easy to keep up-to-date with newly published scholarly material by enabling you to find, display, store, combine and reuse thousands of journal tables of contents from multiple publishers.


 

Sometimes you want alerts for new articles on a particular set of search parameters.  Web of Science databases can create these alerts for you. [video tutorial]

Last Update: December 20, 2012 12:07