CS 3604 Research Resources: Managing Research

Citation Managers

Virginia Tech Libraries supports three different citation managers:

Each of these tools can be helpful, depending on what type of project you're working on.  View this citation manager comparison chart from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for help deciding which tool to use:

Citation Manager Comparison Chart

If you have questions about using these tools, don't hesitate to contact your librarian!

Research Log

While tools like citation managers can help you effectively organize research, being able to organize the process of research is even more helpful!  The research template linked below is one that is often recommended for students working on their theses and dissertations, as they try to track the progress of their literature searching.  


As you conduct research throughout your time as a Virginia Tech student, and beyond, you'll need a system for organizing and managing the articles, books, data, and other resources that you use.  Fortunately, there are now tools that can help you do this.  Most of these tools will also tie into your word processor (e.g., Microsoft Word) in order to generate citations and full bibliographies for you.  

Check out the video below to get an idea about how these tools can work for you!  Although the video says that Zotero, one of the citation management tools that I'm recommending to you, works with Firefox, it actually works with ALL browsers.  


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