How to Choose a Reference Management Software to Use

Today I will be discussing about factors to consider when making a choice of the Reference Management Software to use.  

There are many Reference Managers available and one is spoiled for choice. Factors that determine ones choice of a Reference Management Software include:

  1. Ease of use: some researchers prefer Reference Managers with a relatively less steeper learning curve and easy to setup and use.
  2. Recommendation: It is also most likely that some will go for a Reference Manager recommended by friends and colleagues. This ensures they have someone readily available and willing to guide them through the initial setup and use.

 

How to Generate and Insert Bibliography into Your Articles Using Mendeley Desktop
Today, I will be explaining how to generate and insert bibliography into your articles using Mendeley Desktop. This is so easy to accomplish with just a click. It saves one a whole lot of stress encountered when creating bibliographies manually. It also offers the advantage of quick and easy editing and reformatting to suit changes in bibliographic and referencing styles. In addition, it helps to ensure that your bibliography only contains articles you have cited in your work.To generate bibliographies using Mendeley Desktop, ensure you have imported articles/references you wish to use in your bibliohraphy into Mendeley and have cited them in your work using in-text citations formatted as Mendeley fields. If you are new to Mendeley, and wish to learn how to do this, read this post. follow the below steps to generate and insert bibliohraphy into your articles:Step 1: Ensure you have selected the citation style you wish to use in your article. This can be done by clicking on the REFERENCES tab on MS Word. Under the Mendeley-Cite-O-Matic box, click on STYLE to select from the…
What are Reference Managers?
Today I will be discussing about Reference Managers. They are also commonly referred to as Reference Management Softwares, Citation managers, biliography managers. These are web tools or standalone desktop applications used to collect, organize, cite, and share research either as an individual, a group or as a company. In the past, researchers had to manually search for articles, keep notes of the cited articles for references, manually generate and format bibliographies and collaborative research was difficult. With technological advancement and the advent of Reference Managers, all these aforementioned tasks can now be done more conveniently with ease, efficiency and it is time saving. Rapid expansion in the world of scientific research has been the major driving force behind the development of Reference Mangement Softwares. There are many Reference managers available and one is spoiled for choice. Factors that determine ones choice of a Reference Management Software are discussed in this post.A Reference Manager that is a web tool has a web based application examples are Mendeley, Endnote, Zotero, etc while those that are standalone desktop…
How to Insert Single In-Text Citations in MS Word Using Mendeley Desktop
Today, I will be explaining how to use Mendeley Desktop for in-text citations in MS Word, Ensure you have Mendeley Desktop fully up and running on your PC . In addition, ensure you have carried out detailed literature searches and have imported the references/articles you wish to cite into your Mendeley account. Thereafter, follow the following steps to create in-text citations in your MS word document:Step 1: Ensure you have Mendeley Desktop installed, up and running on your PC, you have carried out a preliminary literature search and imported the articles/references into your Mendeley account. In addition, ensure you have MS Word installed.Step 2: Select the citation style you wish to use in your article. This can be done by clicking on the REFERENCES tab on MS Word. Under the Mendeley-Cite-O-Matic box, click on Style to select from the various citation styles in the drop down list that appears. You can decide to choose the APA, Havard, IEEE, Vancouver, etc citation styles depending on your choice. This will help to ensure your in-text citations are formatted according…