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Zotero – for managing references and bibliographies

Adding in-text citations or footnotes to your papers and creating a bibliography can be a time consuming and fiddly task. Reference management tools such as Zotero make this task much easier by keeping track of all the items you may wish to cite or add to a bibliography and by formatting your citations correctly for your chosen citation style.

There are lots of reference management tools out there but the Bodleian iSkills team particularly recommends Endnote, RefWorks, Mendeley and Zotero and runs regular workshops on all of these tools.

This week it’s time for our regular workshop on Zotero. The things that we particularly like about Zotero are:

  • You can access Zotero online from multiple devices (computers, laptops, tablets and phones) and you can also use Zotero when you are offline
  • It works on Linux as well as on Windows and Mac and with both Microsoft Word and Libre Office
  • It is free for a basic account (though if you need lots of storage you will need to pay a subscription.  Having said that, if you just use it to store references and keep your full text pdf documents somewhere else, then the basic account should easily do the job!)

To find out more about Zotero and give it a test run come to our workshop this Friday 11 November 9.15-12.15 > book your place

Reference Management workshops in Trinity Term

Do you need to create in-text citations or footnotes or to build a bibliography?  If so, then reference management software can make the task much easier by helping you build libraries of references and add citations and bibliographies to your documents. In particular, reference management software can ensure that you have all the information you need for each citation or reference and that it’s formatted correctly for your chosen citation style.  It will even allow you to change citation style at the touch of a button!

Continuing on Friday 13th May with Zotero, Bodleian libraries offer a series of workshops that guide you through effectively using the most appropriate reference management software for your work. Please follow links to book online for each session.

Referencing: Choosing and using software (Tuesday 17th May 09:15-12:15; repeated Thursday 9th June 14:00-17:00)
This introductory session gives an overview of how reference management works, explores the pros and cons of a wide range of reference management packages and gives you the opportunity to try out five different packages so that you can work out which one is best for you. The packages included are RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, ColWiz and Papers.

Referencing: Zotero (Friday 13th May 09:15-12:15)
Zotero is a free, open-source program that can be downloaded as a browser extension for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari and as a standalone program that works with Windows, Mac, or Linux systems.

Referencing: RefWorks for Humanities (Wednesday 18th May 14:00-17:00)
RefWorks is a web-based reference manager provided free to members of Oxford University via the Bodleian Libraries’ institutional subscription.  You can log in to RefWorks using your Oxford Single Sign-On or you can create an individual account.
If you missed out on Referencing: RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences in Week 1, you may still come along to RefWorks for Humanities. The two sessions are similar although they use different examples in the demonstrations.

Referencing: Mendeley (Friday 20th May 09:15-12:15)
Mendely is a freely available reference manager and academic social network with web-based, desktop and mobile versions.  You can sync your library between these different versions and across different computers.

To find out more about reference management software options and to compare their features, have a look at Bodleian Libraries LibGuide on reference management.

Choosing and using software for referencing your work

Struggling with your in-text citations/footnotes or bibliography? Keep on top of it all with reference management software. Not sure which package to use? Come to our introductory session on Thursday 28th January. We will give an overview of how reference management works, explore the pros and cons of a wide range of reference management packages and give you the opportunity to try out five different packages so that you can work out which one is best for you. The packages included are RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, and ColWiz.

Book online for:
Referencing: Choosing and using software
(Thursday 28th January 9.15-12.15; repeated Friday 19th February 9.15-12.15)

 

Reference management – tools to save you time…

Creating and formatting bibliographies, footnotes and in text citations for your papers and publication is a chore which steals time from your research and can be a very frustrating experience.   Reference Management software is there to help you and is particularly useful if you’re publishing or writing a long document such as a thesis or dissertation.    It helps you by:

  • Storing details of all the items that you want to cite so they are easily to hand when you need them
  • Formatting your references correctly for your chosen citation style (or the style specified by your Department or publisher) .
  • Reformatting your references at a touch of a button. This can be particularly useful if you send a paper to a number of different publishers.

There are a lot of different reference management packages on the market and one of your first tasks will be to choose which one to use.    You will find some brief notes on four of the most popular reference managers below, together with details of training courses on each package.

RefWorks

  • The Bodleian Libraries have a RefWorks subscription so it’s free for you to use as a member of Oxford University or as an alumni.
  • RefWorks is web based which means that you can use it whenever you have an internet connection. However, it does not work offline and so is unsuitable if you work in locations without internet.
  • It has a word processor plug in that creates bibliographies and citations in MS Word. However, it is very difficult to use with other word processing packages.
  • It works on computers running Windows and Mac but not on Linux.

Bodleian Libraries run regular workshops on RefWorks:

  • RefWorks for Humanities (Wed 28 Jan 14.00-17.00) > Book a place
  • RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences (Fri 20 Feb 9.15-12.15)  > Book a place
    Note –  We use different examples in the Humanities and Sciences workshops.  However, if you cannot make the most appropriate workshop for your discipline, please feel free to attend the other workshop as they are very similar.

Endnote

  • Endnote comes in several different versions including the “desktop” version and “Endnote web”.
  • The “desktop” version of Endnote can be installed as a programme on your computer rather like MS Office or Excel.  It has many advanced features and in particular is useful if you work with unusual document types such as legal materials, manuscripts or special collections.   Endnote is also useful if you need to modify a citation style (if for example you want to create your own version of Harvard, APA or any other style).  However, you have to purchase the software and a licence for each computer you use (currently £95 per computer from the IT Services shop).   This can be expensive if you use a lot of different computers.   It works both online and offline and the Endnote word processor plug in works with MS Word, Libre Office and with some versions of Pages.
  • The “Endnote web” version of Endnote is very basic and lacks many of the features of the Desktop version. However, it is free for members of Oxford University.  You can access it whenever you have an internet connection and from any computer, but like RefWorks it is not available offline.  The Word processor plug in for Endnote web only works with MS Word.
  • You can use the “desktop” and “web” versions of Endnote together. Using the two together allows you to benefit from the full features of “Desktop” when you are on your own computer but to have access to Endnote from computers which do not have the software installed when needed.
  • IT Services run regular training sessions on Endnote.  See the online catalogue (note scroll down to E)

Zotero

  • Zotero is free for a basic account but you may find that you need to pay a subscription if you require more storage space (currently $10 per month for unlimited storage)
  • It has online and desktop versions which allow you to access your references from lots of different computers and other devices and when you are both online and offline.
  • Zotero is good at capturing web pages and takes snapshots (pictures) of web pages so that you can refer to them later.
  • The Zotero word processor plug in works with MS Word and Libre Office
  • Zotero works on Windows, Mac and Linux

Mendeley

  • Mendeley is free for a basic account but you may find that you need to pay a subscription if you require more storage space (currently £11.99 per month for unlimited storage but cheaper options are available)
  • It is has online and desktop versions which allow you to access your references from lots of different computers and other  devices and when you are both online and offline.
  • Like Zotero it is good at capturing web pages and online resources
  • It has very strong collaboration and social networking tools and makes it easy to share references with others (for example with a research group)
  • The Mendeley word processor plug in works with MS Word and Libre Office
  • Mendeley works on Windows, Mac and Linux

The Bodleian Libraries run termly classes on Mendeley:  Bodleian iSkills: Mendeley for Reference Management (Fri 27 Feb 9.15-12.15) > Book your place.

Not sure which package to use?

If you’re not sure which package to use why not come to one of the Bodleian iSkills: Tech Tools – Reference Management workshops. These workshops introduce reference management tools generally and allow you to try out the four packages above yourself with help at hand.  Bodleian iSkills: Tech Tools – Reference Management will be running on Wed 4 Feb 9.30-12.15 and will be repeated on Wed 18 Feb 14.15-17.00.  You can book a place at either workshop online.

 

Introducting Bodleian iSkills and Oxford LibGuides for postgraduates and researchers

Bodleian iSkills logoWelcome to Oxford and to the Bodleian Libraries to all our new students and members of staff.

Postgraduates and researchers may be interested in two training initiatives run by the Bodleian Libraries: Bodleian iSkills and Oxford LibGuides.

Bodleian iSkills is a series of workshops designed for postgraduates and researchers.  We cover:

  • Information discovery and finding both primary and secondary resources to support your research
  • Reference management including Endnote, RefWorks, Mendeley and Zotero
  • Keeping up to date with new research
  • Measuring research impact including how to calculate your h-index and find the highest impact journals when you come to publish
  • Open Access publishing and in particular how to comply with Research Council open access mandates and the new HEFCE policy on Open Access for the REF
  • Managing your research data
  • Copyright and looking after your intellectual property
  • Using and presenting geospatial information and data
  • Finding and using images in your research

To view this term’s timetable please visit our iSkills LibGuide.  Bodleian iSkills workshops are free but booking is essential.    All classes are advertised on our iSkills LibGuide, through the @bodleianskills Twitter feed and on this blog.

Oxford LibGuides logoOxford LibGuides  is the home of the Oxford Libraries’ subject and research guides.

Oxford LibGuides provides information on key resources in 303 subject areas, for each subject focussing on the best resources for finding and using primary and secondary research materials in the subject area.  Check out the information for your subject on the LibGuides home page.

In addition, Oxford LibGuides provides guidance on:

 

 

Getting to grips with reference management: RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero and Endnote

Do you struggle with keeping track of your references and with formatting them correctly for your thesis or publication? Reference management software is there to help you. Bodleian Libraries offer a series of workshops to help guide you through some of the most popular packages.

We start in week 2 with the introductory workshop:

WISER: Tech Tools – Reference Management (Tue 6 May 9.15 – 12.15)
This introductory session gives an overview of how reference management software works and introduces four software options for managing references and inserting them into your papers, including the two market leaders RefWorks and Endnote, and two popular free packages Zotero and Mendeley. We will discuss some of the pros and cons of each package and factors to consider when making a choice. Participants will have plenty of opportunity to try out the different packages.
> Book your place on WISER: Tech Tools – Reference Management

In weeks 5  and 6 we look more closely at the two reference management packages Mendeley and RefWorks:

WISER: Mendeley for Reference Management (Tue 27 May 9.15 – 12.15)
This workshop introduces Mendeley as a reference management tool and will cover:

  • Creating a Mendeley account and installing Mendeley Desktop
  • Adding, editing and organising references
  • Creating bibliographies
  • Managing PDF documents with Mendeley
  • Using the Mendeley ‘Papers’ database
  • Collaboration and social networking with Mendeley

> Book your place on WISER: Mendeley for Reference Management


RefWorks for Humanities (Wed 28 May 9.15 – 12.15)
and
RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences (Wed 4 June 2.00 – 5.00)
These sessions introduce the main features of RefWorks including:

  • adding references to RefWorks from a range of databases and online resources
  • inserting references into Word documents
  • formatting (and reformatting) references using citation styles
  • creating bibliographies.

If you can’t come along to the RefWorks session that is most appropriate to your discipline please do come along to the other session.   The two sessions are similar although they use different examples in the demonstrations.
> Book your place on RefWorks for Humanities  or
> Book your place on RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences.


All the above workshops are for any postgraduates, researchers, academics and undergraduates interested in using reference management software.

What about Endnote?  – If you are interested in using Endnote then it is well worth attending the excellent series of Endnote classes run by IT Service > Find out more.

RefWorks, Mendeley and reference management

This term Bodleian Libraries will be running our popular RefWorks classes, a new workshop on Mendeley for reference management and “Tech Tools – reference management” which compares and introduces RefWorks, Endnote, Mendeley and Zotero.

RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences (Monday 4 February 9.15-12.15) and RefWorks for Humanities (Wednesday 13 February 14.00-17.00). These sessions introduce the main features of RefWorks including:

  • adding references to RefWorks from a range of databases and online resources
  • inserting references into Word documents
  • formatting (and reformatting) references using citation styles
  • creating bibliographies.

The sessions include plenty of opportunities for participants to use RefWorks.

If you can’t come along to the RefWorks session that is most appropriate to your discipline please do come along to the other session.   The two sessions are similar although they use different examples in the demonstrations.  Book your place on RefWorks for Humanities or book your place on RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences.

WISER: Technology Tools – Reference  Management (Wednesday 20 February 14.00-17.00) introduces four software options for managing references and inserting them into your papers including  the two market leaders, RefWorks and Endnote and two popular free packages, Zotero and Mendeley.  We will discuss some of the pros and cons of each package and factors to consider when making a choice. Participants will also have opportunities to try out the different packages.   >Book your place online

WISER: Mendeley for Reference Management (Wednesday 27 February 14.00-17.00) –   This new workshop introducing Mendeley as a reference management tool will cover:

  • Creating a Mendeley account and installing Mendeley Desktop
  • Adding, editing and organising references
  • Creating bibliographies
  • Managing PDF documents with Mendeley
  • Using the Mendeley ‘Papers’ database
  • Collaboration and social networking with Mendeley

> Book your place on WISER: Mendeley for Reference Management

What about Endnote?  – If you are interested in using Endnote then it is well worth attending the excellent series of Endnote classes run by IT Service > Find out more.

Reference Management classes for Michaelmas Term

Bodleian Libraries will be running its three popular workshops on Reference Management this term, so if you need to manage references for insertion into your research papers, dissertations or essays, book you places…

RefWorks for Humanities (Tuesday 30 October 14.00-17.0o)  and RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences (Wednesday 7 November 14.00-17.00) both focus on RefWorks and will cover:

  • signing up for RefWorks
  • adding references to RefWorks from a range of databases and online resources
  • inserting references into your word processed documents
  • formatting (and reformatting) references using citation styles
  • creating bibliographies.

Both sessions will include plenty of opportunities for participants to use RefWorks.

If you can’t come along to the RefWorks session that is most appropriate to your discipline please do come along to the other session.   The two sessions are similar although they use different examples in the demonstrations.  Book your place on RefWorks for Humanities or book your place on RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences.

WISER: Technology Tools – Reference  Management (Wednesday 21 Nov 14.00-17.00) introduces four software options for managing references and inserting them into your papers including  the two market leaders, RefWorks and Endnote and two popular free packages, Zotero and Mendeley.  We will discuss some of the pros and cons of each package and factors to consider when making a choice. Participants will also have opportunities to try out the different packages.   >Book your place online

What about Endnote?  – If you are interested in using Endnote then it is well worth attending the excellent series of Endnote classes run by IT Service > Find out more.

Endnote, RefWorks, Mendeley or Zotero?

Are you wondering which reference management tool is the best for you? or dissatisfied with your exisiting software and looking for a change?

Next week Bodleian Libraries will be running WISER: Technology Tools – Reference  Management  introducing four software options for managing references and inserting them into your papers including  the two market leaders, RefWorks and Endnote and two popular free packages, Zotero and Mendeley.  We will discuss some of the pros and cons of each package and factors to consider when making a choice. Participants will also have opportunities to try out the different packages.     This workshop will take place on Friday 8 June June 14.00-17.00.   Please book your place online

Reference management classes for Trinity Term – RefWorks, Endnote, Zotero and Mendeley

Bodleian Libraries will be re-running its three popular workshops on Reference Management this term, so if you need to manage references for insertion into your research papers, dissertations or essays, get on and book your places! 

WISER: Technology Tools – Reference  Management (Friday 8 June June 2.00-5.00) introduces four software options for managing references and inserting them into your papers including  the two market leaders, RefWorks and Endnote and two popular free packages, Zotero and Mendeley.  We will discuss some of the pros and cons of each package and factors to consider when making a choice. Participants will also have opportunities to try out the different packages.   >Book your place online

RefWorks for Humanities (Wednesday 11 May 2.00-5.0o)  and RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences (Wednesday 18 May 2.00-5.00) both focus on RefWorks and will cover:

  • signing up for RefWorks
  • adding references to RefWorks from a range of databases and online resources
  • inserting references into your word processed documents
  • formatting (and reformatting) references using citation styles
  • creating bibliographies.

Both sessions will include plenty of opportunities for participants to use RefWorks.

If you can’t come along to the RefWorks session that is most appropriate to your discipline please do come along to the other session.   The two sessions are similar although they use different examples in the demonstrations.  Book your place on RefWorks for Humanities or book your place on RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences.

What about Endnote?  – If you are interested in using Endnote then it is well worth attending the excellent series of Endnote classes run by Computing Service > Find out more.