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Professional Writing in Psychology (21:830:360:01): Tracking citations

A detailed introduction to using PsycINFO for literature reviews

Citation managers

Using citation managers      

Citation managers enable you to organize the citations you find by importing them from the University Libraries’ databases and the web and placing them in folders.  When you write your paper, you can use a plug-in in Word that has been provided by the citation manager to insert brief citations in the text of your paper and to prepare a bibliography in the format of APA, MLA, Vancouver, and individual journals.  As you enter the brief citation, the reference list begins to build automatically.

The following citation managers, with the exception of EndNote Desktop, are web based and include the  button in the citation record.  Clicking on “Get it @ R"” will lead you to the article in full text/pdf.  All citation managers give you the opportunity to attach a pdf copy of the article as well as any other file you choose to the citation record.

          As you begin to feel comfortable using more than one citation manager, you may import/export citations from one tool to another.

          The citation managers each have a tool you may download into your browser toolbar that will enable you to create a citation for a website.  You can move it to an appropriate folder as part of the citation creation process.



          With the financial support of the Rutgers-Newark Dean’s Offices, the University Libraries can offer the opportunity to import citations to RefWorks from almost all journal index databases and the Online Catalog.  The only exception is Web of Science which requires the use of EndNote Online.  The process of exporting citation to RefWorks is easy

          For more information about RefWorks and to connect directly, go to Services and Tools on the red bar at the top of the University Libraries’ home page.   RefWorks is listed under Tools in the column on the right.

Additional resources:

          Quick Guide

 Introductory tutorials

          Advanced tutorials

          RefWorks YouTube Channel

          LibGuide by Rutgers Librarians


          The producers of RefWorks are currently working on a new and improved version, RefWorks 3.  The above information refers to Legacy RefWorks which will be available to Rutgers students until September 2017.  It is possible to copy your folders from Legacy to RefWorks 3 although some other important features are not transferrable.  For example, if you download Write 'n Cite from Legacy RefWorks, you will be able to work with citations you have saved in Legacy only.  You will also have access to the paper using the Legacy Write n Cite only.  It will be necessary to download Write n Cite again from RefWorks 3 if you plan to move back and forth among the two RefWorks versions.



EndNote Online

EndNote Online

          EndNote is one of the options offered for exporting journal article citations from indexes and databases.  When you use Web of Science, exporting citations to EndNote Online is the only option.  It is also possible to export citations from EndNote Online to your desktop copy of EndNote.  Any links to full text items In EndNote Online will be retained in the transfer to EndNote.

          Quick Reference Guide

          EndNote Online tutorial    A comprehensive introduction on YouTube.  Use the transcript tab to see the contents and make a selection.


             EndNote is also available in a stand alone format.  This version offers more capacity to store and manipulate citations.  You can attach pdf copies of articles directly to the citation, edit the pdfs with annotations and highlighting, and save them.  You can find the download information at:

 Please note that your account on EndNote Online can be sync-ed with your desktop version and vice versa.  This makes it imperative that you save your actions on the desktop by creating and saving a library.  If something happens to your files on either version, you can always call up your last library and suffer very little.



          Zotero is a free and easy to use Firefox extension that will help you manage citations.  It was developed as a joint project of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Zotero website has a copy of the tool to download as well as comprehensive documentation.  Zotero is especially useful when you work with displays of multiple citations on one page.  The following guides will help you get started. 


         Quick Guide

         LibGuide from Rutgers Librarians

         Creating bibliographies

          Screencast Tutorials

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