Citation management is a very important part of the research process. It is also often referred to as bibliographic management or reference management. It involves what formats are used for storing and retrieving the bibliographic data, ensuring the quality of data in terms of accuracy and currency, and what styles are available to use for citing, etc. Managing bibliographic data can be a daunting process, requiring tedious manual work and meticulous attention to details. However, with more and more bibliographic management tools available and widely used by researchers, the research process has become easier and simpler in terms of storing, organizing, retrieving, citing, and sharing references and managing PDFs, images, etc. Users should take advantage of these tools to meet their needs.
Citation Management Tools Supported by Rutgers University Libraries
The following four tools are being used by students, faculty, and staff of Rutgers and legacy UMDNJ:
- RefWorks — a web based reference management tool accessible to Rutgers faculty, students and staff via your NetID and password at https://sakai.rutgers.edu/refworks/refworksacct.jsp. To learn how to use RefWorks, you may visit the links below for FAQs, tutorials, LibGuides, and other instructions:
- Flow — the new cloud-based document management system from ProQuest. While RefWorks supports the referencing and citing workflow, Flow supports referencing and citing as well as reading, annotating, and collaborating on research papers. It focuses on full-text documents and collaboration, not just references and citation.
- EndNote — a bibliographic management tool with two versions: EndNote (including desktop software and online access) and EndNote Basic (online access only). The Libraries are licensed to provide access to EndNote for students, faculty, and staff of all Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) schools and units until July 1st, 2015. Starting July 1st 2014, if you are a new EndNote user from: School of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, Center for Advanced, Biotechnology and Medicine, Institute for Health or Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI), you may download EndNote software onsite only. Other RU users will need to purchase EndNote from Rutgers software at https://software.rutgers.edu/.) Below are some useful links for you to download the program and learn how to use it effectively:
- Zotero — is a free and open source research tool. It includes the add-on for Firefox and a stand-alone application for Windows with browsers extensions for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. The Zotero web account allows you to easily sync your references from one computer to another. Use the following links to download or learn how to use Zotero: