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Introduction to Citation Management
Students often wonder how to best manage the overwhelming pile of research that can accumulate while doing graduate coursework and dissertations. In this section, we have outlined several tools for organizing citations, journal articles, notes, links, interviews, recorded materials, and internet sources.
Each of the tools discussed below is unique, offering a wide variety of advantages and disadvantages. You should take time to familiarize yourself with each of these and other available technologies in order to discover which is right for you and your particular research needs.
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Citation Management Tools
Mendeley is a proprietary piece of citation management software. Used primarily by students in the social-science oriented fields of theology (i.e. Spiritual Care and Counseling), Mendeley is recommended for students looking to organize journal articles, links, highlights, and notes.
Zotero is open-source citation management software that allows students to collect research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, and snapshots of web pages. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you're looking for with just a few keystrokes. Because of Zotero's open-source nature, it easily integrates with existing word processing tools (e.g. Microsoft Word or NeoOffice).
Please remember that although citation management software can be a powerful tool, it is not infallible. When you input information into your software, either manually or automatically, make sure that the information is correct and in the correct format for citations. When you create footnotes or bibliographies, proofread them for correct and consistent information.
Other Research Management Tools
CST Worldcat Discovery
Users can create an account in WorldCat in order to save items in a list (akin to a shopping cart) and export lists as citations or by email.
Like Google Drive, Dropbox provides free cloud storage for any file format, making your work available on multiple devices. You can also use it to back up files that live primarily on your hard drive and share them with other Dropbox users.
Evernote is an information repository that primarily stores links, recordings, typed notes, attached files, and visited websites.
Students need a form of cloud-based storage for all of their work. CST students are provided with 15GB of free storage with their CST email address. Google Drive allows users to work entirely in the cloud using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and other apps. Files created in Google can be downloaded to open and edit in corresponding Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Word or Excel).
Instapaper allows students to save all of the interesting articles and videos they find. With one click, Instapaper lets you save, read, and manage the things you find on the Internet. Instapaper is available on the iPhone, Android, and in your web browser.
With a free Microsoft account, students have access to 5GB of free cloud storage. With a subscription to Microsoft Office, you can also create and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Office files in OneDrive and work entirely in the cloud.