Citation Management Software
Eventually your research will require that you keep track of many citations on any given topic. At that point, you should consider using a citation management software to help you format and organize your references.
Which one should you use?
There are lots of programs on the market, both free and subscription-based. You may already be using one and not realize it. Do you use CiteULike, BibMe or Zotero? Those are examples of free web-based citation managers. Here at the Library of the Health Sciences, we encourage students to use RefWorks; UND has purchased campus-wide access to RefWorks, allowing our affiliated users to utilize the program without incurring additional costs. Any other fee-based program that you might prefer to use will need to be purchased from a retailer.
For a detailed comparison of the various programs on the market such as RefWorks, EndNote, Reference Manager or Zotero, click here.
EndNote is frequently favored by researchers in the basic and biomedical sciences. Unlike RefWorks, the data you collect is stored on your computer's hard drive. Since the software must be purchased, you know that you won't lose access to your data if you move to an institution that does not subscribe to RefWorks. In addition to organizing citations, EndNote will also format your entire paper for you! Feel free to contact me for more information regarding using EndNote.
This popular citation management tool is now available for Mac and PC users. A version is also available for your iOS devices: iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. The program acts as a repository of articles (i.e. PDF files) and will search for updates to articles that you've saved. Papers will also try to match your PDFs with their correct citations, using search functions in websites (like Google) or databases (like JSTOR or PubMed). You can also use Papers for your PDF viewer, instead of downloading an additional program. A free 1-month trial is available for Papers. Students may qualify for a 40% discount.