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Use of Reference Management 
Software in Research 
V. Sriram 
Chief Librarian, K.N. Raj Library 
Centre for Development St...
Contents 
 Literature – What and How to manage 
 Basics of referencing – What and Why 
 Reference management software 
...
Literature 
Research requires engagement with 
literature at each and every stage starting 
from exploring the topic to su...
Managing Literature 
Systematic gathering of sources: 
Using proper tools to gather literature – 
Google Scholar, Journal ...
Managing Literature 
Annotation / Notes: 
Incorporating the following - 
Author and the audience 
Summary 
Critical commen...
Referencing 
What is referencing? 
It is a method used by the researchers to 
demonstrate that they have conducted a 
thor...
Referencing 
Need for referencing 
Accurate referencing reflects good academic practice 
and enhances the presentation of ...
Citation Style 
http://citationstyles.org/ 
https://zotero.org/styles 
7126 styles and growing … 
APA, Chicago Manual of S...
Reference management software 
To record the details of all the information 
you find. You will need these details to 
pro...
Reference management software - Evolution 
Proprietary / Free Open Source 
1980s – Reference Manager, End 
Note, Bookends ...
Reference management software - Evolution 
 MS Word: References. Citation and 
Bibliography 
 Beginner: Zotero 
 Advanc...
Zotero 
Free – Open Source 
Platform independent 
Works Offline and Online 
Over 6700 referencing styles 
Data Sharing 
26...
Conclusion 
Organizes your research materials 
Long term storage 
Reduces data entry and formatting 
Helps to develop your...
Thank you! 
V. Sriram 
email: vsrirams@gmail.com 
Mob: 9447251892
Firefox - Installation
Zotero - Installation
Zotero - Installation
Open Zotero
Collecting References
Collecting References
Adding items
Organizing items
Drag & Drop Items
Notes
Tags
Searching Items
Zotero – Word Add - in
Insert Citation
Insert Bibliography
Create Zotero Account
Zotero Login
Synchronize
Settings
Backup
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  1. 1. Use of Reference Management Software in Research V. Sriram Chief Librarian, K.N. Raj Library Centre for Development Studies Thiruvananthapuram email: vsrirams@gmail.com
  2. 2. Contents  Literature – What and How to manage  Basics of referencing – What and Why  Reference management software  Zotero – Features  Zotero – Word integration
  3. 3. Literature Research requires engagement with literature at each and every stage starting from exploring the topic to submission of the paper / theses / report. Researchers gather a huge mound of literature in the research process and are often shocked to find that they are not able to manage it well. Making literature manageable involves assessing their relevance, systematically keeping track of the sources, and maintaining notes / annotations
  4. 4. Managing Literature Systematic gathering of sources: Using proper tools to gather literature – Google Scholar, Journal Databases, … Creating bibliographic records and making it error free Organizing by topic, subject, research area… Linking the soft copy full text for easy retrieval Assigning a unique primary-key for print items.
  5. 5. Managing Literature Annotation / Notes: Incorporating the following - Author and the audience Summary Critical comments Notes on relevance
  6. 6. Referencing What is referencing? It is a method used by the researchers to demonstrate that they have conducted a thorough and appropriate literature search, and reading. To accurately acknowledge other people's work and ideas when writing your own work, you need to use a referencing style. There are many types of referencing style such as Chicago Style, MLA, MPA …
  7. 7. Referencing Need for referencing Accurate referencing reflects good academic practice and enhances the presentation of your work: it shows that your writing is based on knowledge and informed by appropriate academic reading. You need referencing to ensure that anyone reading your work can trace the sources you have used in the development of your work, and give you due credit for your research efforts and quality. If you do not acknowledge another writer's work or ideas, you could be accused of plagiarism.
  8. 8. Citation Style http://citationstyles.org/ https://zotero.org/styles 7126 styles and growing … APA, Chicago Manual of Style, IEEE, MLA …
  9. 9. Reference management software To record the details of all the information you find. You will need these details to provide accurate references, and to enable you to locate the information again at a later date Benefits: search easily for a particular reference to which you need to refer back print or save lists of references insert citations into your document and automatically produce a bibliography in whatever style you require
  10. 10. Reference management software - Evolution Proprietary / Free Open Source 1980s – Reference Manager, End Note, Bookends 1990s – Pybliographer, Biblioscape, 2000s – 25 new software – Mendeley, Zotero Comparison - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_reference_managem ent_software
  11. 11. Reference management software - Evolution  MS Word: References. Citation and Bibliography  Beginner: Zotero  Advanced: Mendeley  LaTex users: JabRef
  12. 12. Zotero Free – Open Source Platform independent Works Offline and Online Over 6700 referencing styles Data Sharing 26 fields 34 Types of Sources Linking full text / pdf Integration with MS-Office / Open Office
  13. 13. Conclusion Organizes your research materials Long term storage Reduces data entry and formatting Helps to develop your research
  14. 14. Thank you! V. Sriram email: vsrirams@gmail.com Mob: 9447251892
  15. 15. Firefox - Installation
  16. 16. Zotero - Installation
  17. 17. Zotero - Installation
  18. 18. Open Zotero
  19. 19. Collecting References
  20. 20. Collecting References
  21. 21. Adding items
  22. 22. Organizing items
  23. 23. Drag & Drop Items
  24. 24. Notes
  25. 25. Tags
  26. 26. Searching Items
  27. 27. Zotero – Word Add - in
  28. 28. Insert Citation
  29. 29. Insert Bibliography
  30. 30. Create Zotero Account
  31. 31. Zotero Login
  32. 32. Synchronize
  33. 33. Settings
  34. 34. Backup
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Use of Reference Management Software in Research by V. Sriram. In Short-term Programme for Research Scholars, September 27, 2014, UGC Academic Staff College, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, India.

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