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Education: EDPS 633 Rogat

This is a guide for doing research in education.

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Choose a citation management software appropriate for you.

Create a single folder to house .pdfs of papers with citations in your citation management software. 

Which Software is for Me?

Anticipated Career Software Package
Masters student - no thesis EndNote
Masters student with thesis anticipating going to industry Endnote
Masters student with thesis anticipating PhD       EndNote X7   
PhD student anticipating going to industry    Endnote or Bibtex
PhD student anticipating going to academia EndNote X7 or BibTex

What is citation management?


  • download citations from library databases or Google Scholar,
  • organize the citations into groups or folders
  • attachment  the full text of articles, to keep track of articles
  • creation of bibliographies in a variety of publication styles
  • insert citations into your papers

The citation managers all use the file format .ris for download. 

So....Citation management software is designed to alleviate the most painstaking aspects of developing a bibliography. 

Citation Management Software Selection

Criteria  Endnote X7EndnoteBasicMendeleyZotero
Cost $105.45 Free  Subscription   Open source software   
Online Storage 1 GB max. 5000 citations 2 GB 100 MB
Organize .pdfs   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Word Plugins    Yes Yes Yes Yes   
Open Office Plugins Yes    Yes Yes Yes
Bibtex friendly Yes Yes Yes Yes
Open Groups No No Yes Yes
Private Groups Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mobile App/IPad No    No Yes No

There is also a citation manager called Bibtex that is designed to work with the typesetting software LaTex.  Bibtex is both a citation management tool and a file format. This is frequently used in disciplines that are required to publish advanced mathematics equations in publications. Disciplines such as mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, and statistics frequently use LaTex.  If Bibtex presents an undesirable learning curve, all of the packages listed above can output into Bibtex file format. 

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