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_PSYC5131: Meta Analysis: Theory and Practice — Managing Your Citations

Library research guide for students in PSYC 5131.

What is a Citation Manager and Why Should I Use One?

Citation managers are excellent tools for tracking, organizing, annotating, and citing your sources. They will save you time and frustration, and ensure that you never lose track of something you wanted to read or cite. For a project like a meta-analysis, where you'll be looking through large numbers of citations, a citation manager is essential.

Which one you choose is a matter of personal preference. UConn supports both RefWorks and Zotero. You can learn more about each one below. This isn't a lifetime commitment, as you can move your citation library from one tool to another, but it's more efficient to pick one and stick with it for the long haul.

Why Choose RefWorks?

RefWorks advantages

  • Paid for by the university, and accessible to you (even if you leave UConn) unless the university cancels our subscription
  • Offers free, unlimited cloud storage for your digital files, such as full text PDFs
  • Web-based, requiring no software installation, and accessible from any computer
  • Integrates with Microsoft Word and Google Docs
  • Excellent company tech support if we can't diagnose and the fix the problem

RefWorks disadvantages:

  • Automatic import of PDFs is inconsistent, requiring more user intervention
  • Annotation options are limited
  • Does not integrate with additional word processing tools


Why Choose Zotero?

Zotero advantages

  • Free and open source, so you'll be able to use it forever
  • Highly customizable with community-developed plug-ins
  • Extremely simple process for adding references and automatically importing PDFs
  • Saves your digital files to your computer and backs them up in the cloud
  • Integrates with Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and LibreOffice, and offers plug-ins for other tools, like LaTeX
  • Excellent options for annotating documents and for organizing references using tags and folders

Zotero disadvantages

  • Requires software installation and works best in that interface
  • Offers limited free cloud storage
  • Requires some tech savvy from you as a user
  • Tech support only available via community forums (but monitored and responded to by experts)