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 University:
RefWorks — ProQuest’s web based reference management tool accessible to Rutgers faculty, students and staff via your NetID and password at http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/refworks
ProQuest is merging RefWorks and Flow into a single platform called RefWorks 3. Old RefWorks users may choose to migrate to the new platform by clicking the upgrade link from their account. The old RefWorks platform is scheduled to be retired by September 2017. Rutgers accounts may be migrated earlier but an exact date has yet to be determined.
To learn how to use RefWorks, you may visit the links below for FAQs, information on how to update to the new RefWorks, and RefWorks LibGuide:
- RefWorks 3 (Flow) — Flow has become the new RefWorks. ProQuest is merging RefWorks and Flow into a single platform called RefWorks 3. Flow users have been automatically migrated to the new platform which is not substantially different from the interface that has been used. RefWorks 3 (Flow) allows you to save citations and full text documents and organize them into your own personal research library. Check the links below.
- EndNote — is 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. If you are affiliated with the School of Pharmacy, legacy Rutgers’ College of Nursing (now part of School of Nursing), Center for Advanced, Biotechnology and Medicine, and Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, you may download the EndNote program onsite only. Other RU users will need to purchase the EndNote program from Rutgers Software Portal 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: