Managing the literature

Learning outcomes

What is your organisation system?

You can save a great deal of time if you have consistent structure to organising and naming your files. We all have different ways of managing the information we find – many use the ‘pile method’, while some have a rigorous filing system, this can be either paper-based or organised digitally.

EndNote is the Reference Management software is recommended by SCU Library, and is available to download as an SCU student or staff member.

  • store bibliographic information
  • attach PDF files
  • integrate with MS Word to automatically generating bibliographies from inserted citations, and formatting according to a selected referencing style

Further information, instructions for downloading EndNote, and training recordings/calendar are on the EndNote LibGuide.

Quick introduction to EndNote (6 minutes):

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EndNote introductory training (60 minutes):

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Alternatives to EndNote are Zotero and Mendeley, both freely available software tools that work in similar ways to EndNote. Each have their own additional features – and neither are quite as powerful as EndNote.

Zotero has a webpage capture tool that isn’t available in EndNote. Capture a snapshot of a webpage e.g. google scholar results, and save in Zotero.

Mendeley’s strength is in its network or community, enabling you to connect to other researchers and the resources they have collected.

Please note SCU only supports the EndNote reference management software.


Managing research information