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Ch 496-499: Undergraduate Research

How to do a literature search and write a literature review for use in Ch 496, 497, 498, and 499.

Which to Choose?

Citation management tools can help you organize and access the works you read in your research. There are pros and cons to each, so the issue is really finding the one that works best with your own needs and habits. At the moment, Stevens does not subscribe to any standalone program, so the three we discuss here are EndNote, Zotero, and Mendeley. 

Citation Manager

Cost

Basic account with some storage for free, and fees are incurred for greater storage capacity.

Basic account with some storage for free, and fees are incurred for greater storage capacity EndNote Basic is available for free; EndNote Desktop is available to purchase.
Access Free desktop version syncs with your online library Free desktop version syncs with your online library EndNote Basic is web-only.
Storage (basic account)

300 MB

2GB 2GB
Citation Styles

Find and download new styles if yours is not included.

Find and download new styles if yours is not included. EndNote Basic includes many citation styles but does not allow for importing new ones.
Group Work

Create a group library online (zotero.org) for use in your online and desktop library.

Mendeley is made to be a social network for reference management so is the most intuitive at group work. EndNote Basic only provides citations, not the full article, but others in your group can contribute citations too.
Database Integration

 Zotero, being independent, doesn't integrate with a database but does provide the easiest way to import a reference through the browser plug-in that lets you press a button on your browser to import whatever it is you're looking at, from a database or on the web.

Scopus and ScienceDirect allow you to easily save references to Mendeley (all three are owned by the publisher Elsevier). EndNote Basic directly links to Web of Science (both owned by the same company, Clarivate Analytics), while EBSCO databases also provide a means to export a reference right to EndNote. 
LaTeX

Can export references to BibTex for use with LaTeX.

Can export references to BibTex for use with LaTeX. Can export references to BibTex for use with LaTeX.