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Web-based citation manager for creating bibliographies and storing research citations (including full-text articles)
*RefWorks is bibliographic management software that allows you to import references from online databases, organize your references into folders according to your topics of interest or various assignments, insert references from a variety of formats (MLA and APA) into the body of a research paper, and generate formatted references pages.
*You are required to sign up for an Individual account from RefWorks to use this resource. APSU users are also required to use his or her official APSU e-mail address ending with "@apsu.edu" when signing up for a new account.
Taking Notes, etc.
Some Tips on Recording the Information Found, on Taking Notes etc.:
It is sometimes sufficient to browse the text quickly. The introduction or conclusion often give a gist of the thesis and main
points. Still, often a researcher must read much or all of a work, especially if it is of an
authoritative or technical nature.
Begin with most
recent studies and work backwards. A recent article’s list of
references or bibliography might provide you with valuable works to
If the report/article has an abstract, read it first.
trust your memory. Record all research. You'll never remember who said what if you neglect to take
Write down the complete citation
for each work. Don't forget the page nos. for later use in the notes and bibliography. For
Internet citations, note the URL.
Avoid "grandfather" citations. Return to original source.
Write all direct quotations precisely, word-for-word. Use quotation marks. Failure to put a direct text
in quotes (or to credit the author) sets the stage for
Avoid copying too many direct
quotations. Most of the review should be primarily in your
own words with appropriate documentation of others’ ideas.
not stress just a single source or two. It is usually important in a literature review to provide
evidence you consulted and used a wide range of resources.
For a contentious topic, present the opposing positions. Be objective. Do not overemphasize one side.