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Reference management tools

Reference management tools

Reference management tools

Reference managers organize and create bibliographic references and work integrated with commercial databases, institutional repositories and the Cercabib of the UB CRAI.

 

Reference managers allow us to organize our research by creating a personal library with imported documents sorted into folders, online collaboration with other users, discovering the trending literature published in our discipline, adding notes to the documents included in the manager and create references and bibliography in a word processor according to the chosen citation style.

 
Zotero
Zotero is an open code reference manager software developed by Corporation for Digital Scholarship (non-profit organization dedicated to software development and further complementary services aimet at researchers) and by their own users.
 
 
Zotero offers:
  • Creating an account in Zotero without the need to use UB identifiers because the account is not linked to any institutional benefit. Although E-Resources Access Service (SIRE) identification is required  because Zotero detects the SIRE button, which makes importing documents and referencesit much easier.
  • The free version offers 300 Mb. Storing capacity counts the files (PDFs, images and screenshots) included in your library. With 300MB you can include up to 100 PDFs. This means that references have no capacity limit, it is the files that consume online storage. This capacity issue can be fixed by activating WebDav (a web-based storage service that works with Zotero) for free. The con is that this service will prevent the included documents from appearing in your Zotero online (because Zotero does not store them for you).
  • Collaborative research offering & nbsp; 3 types of groups: public without restrictions, public with restrictions and private, all without limit of members who can be part of it.
 
 
Working with Zotero:
 
  • Zotero works with a Desktop version, Zotero Desktop and a web, Zotero Web. Both versions are synchronizable with each other and work with navigation menus, icons, and right-click drop-down submenus.
  • Desktop version allows you to create and organize your collection of references and documents locally. Therefore, in order to keep it up to date, it is necessary to synchronize it periodically with the web account.
  • The web version syncs automatically.
  • Zotero synchronization also works at two levels: data and files. Data synchronization works with references, notes, links, and tags but not attachments. File synchronization does synchronize data and files.
  • Zotero offers a web plug-in, which is the button that allows you to capture references directly and import references and documents from databases or web pages automatically.
  • Downloading the desktop version gives you the ability to work by inserting quotes into your word processor. This plug-in creates a new, standalone Zotero tab in the processor menu.
  • It allows you to work with mobile devices and a variety of plug-ins.
 
 
User guides:
 

 

EndNote
EndNote Online is a reference manager developed by Clarivate and integrated into the Web of Science platform. You have to register first for Web of Science, as your EndNote account is dependent upon Web of Science. 
 
 
EndNote Online offers:
  • Create an account in EndNote Online from the Web of Science database. In order to access the Web of Science, you need to activate the identification both in the Cercabib and E-Resources Access Service (SIRE). Once registered, we can access it directly from the database or from EndNote Online:
    • Uo to 50.000 references and 2GB document storage capacity.
    • Collaborative research creating groups (up to 5,000) to share documents.
  • Export directly from Cercabib to EndNote Online to save references and documents.
  • Search Cercabib directly from EndNote Online to create folders with your searches and save references and documents.
 
 
Working with EndNote Online:
 
  • EndNote Online works with a web version.
  • With Cite While You Write™ plug-in and Microsoft Word to add citations to text documents immediatelly.
 
 
User guides:
 
Mendeley
Mendeley is a reference management software currently developed by Elsevier.
 
 
Mendeley offers:
  • Create an account in Mendeley  with your institutional email to have the Mendeley Institutional Edition (MIE) profits and activating first E-Resources Access Service (SIRE), so you can enjoy more benefits than having the Free* account:
    • 100GB storage capacity to create a personal library -instead of 2GB of the free version-.
    • 100GB storage for research groups -instead of 100MB of the free version- (space capacity is subtracted from the account of the person creating the group).
    • Share your search by creating an unlimited number of groups to share documents: private up to 100 people -instead of 5 private groups of up to 25 members of the free version-.
  • Receive personalized article recommendations from your personal library via the Mendeley Suggest option. You must check this option in your account preferences.
  • Being part of the   Universitat de Barcelona institutional group  in Mendeley web page.
(*) If you have a Free account and want to transfer it to  Mendeley Institutional Edition you must enable it by login into E-Resources Access Service (SIRE)  before entering Mendeley. The SIRE login is only required to create a new account, or for users who are  Free  and want to upgrade to  MIE.
 
 
Working with Mendeley:
 
  • Mendeley works with a desktop version: Mendeley Desktop and with a cloud version: Mendeley Reference Manager. Both work linked to a web account (Mendeley Web Library).
  • The  Desktop  version allows you to create and organize your reference and document collection locally. Therefore, in order to keep it up to date, you need to periodically sync it with your web account and / or cloud version with the Sync button.
  • Mendeley Reference Manager is automatically synced with the web account.
  • The  Web Importer  (or  Save to Mendeley ). This is the button that needs to be installed in the browser's bookmarks for be able to import references and documents from databases or web pages automatically.
  • Desktop  version works with plugins that allows to add citations to your text documents: MS Word Plug In, Libre Office Plug In.
  • Reference Manager version works with  Mendeley Cite, new MS Word extention.
 
 
User guides:
 
Citation generator tools
There are several in-text citation tools called citation generators. They are online tools that can generate a one-time use, single bibliography, works cited entry, or references list entry for you. So, references are only kept in the text document, not in any account. Your don't need to create an account or install any software. They provide an reference or a bibliography in different styles.
 
The most common defects are errors when generating references, because they do not update systematically the requirements of the corresponding style manuals & nbsp; and when generating bibliographies, because they do not properly sort the references following alphabetical guidelines.
 
Those included in this list are compatible with the most comprehensive tools described on this page.
 
  • Cercabib Cite: save the document reference on the screen by clicking the quotes icon and paste it into the text document. & nbsp; Styles of citation: MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard. & nbsp; Export formats: Word, RIS and BibTeX. References to all types of documents. Check the help guide
  • BibGuru: search the citation in its own database (100 million journal articles and 30 million books). Citation styles: MLA, APA, Vancouver, Harvard, etc. Export formats: Word, RIS and BibTeX. References to all types of documents. Check help guide.
  • Cite this for me: the most popular for the large number of styles and formats that includes. It also works with a Chrome extension to generate referrals quickly. References to all types of documents. Check the help guide.
  • MyBib: suitable for beginners because it generates step-by-step references. Includes lots of styles and formats. It offers direct export to Mendeley, Zotero and Google Drive. Works with a Chrome extension. References to all types of documents. Check the blog What's new?.
  • Zoterobib: when you don't need all of Zotero's features. Includes lots of styles and formats. Direct export to Zotero. Consulta ZoteroBib FAQ

 

 

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