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BER 632: Qualitative Research II: Citation Help

A course guide for BER 632 students.

UA Writing Center

The UA Writing Center supports UA students through all stages of the writing process. Use the links for more info regarding distance student and graduate student services.

Contact McLure Library

APA Style

Citation Management Tools

Factor

RefWorks

Zotero

EndNote

Cost

Free to current UA students, faculty, & staff.

Free to everyone (open source)

Free to current UA students, faculty, & staff.

Format

Online (any browser)

 

Online (best with FireFox; works well with others)

 

Desktop (Mac & PC)

Online (light functionality; any browser)

 

Desktop (Mac & PC)

Supports major citation styles?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Import references from databases

Yes

Yes

Yes

Allows manual reference editing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Retrieve citation info from PDFs

Disclaimer: none are 100% accurate all the time

Yes

Yes

Yes

Annotate PDFs

Yes

Yes

(via Zotfile add-on)

Yes

File capture

Defaults to link.

Option to attach file

Defaults to pdf capture. Will link if pdf not available.

Defaults to link.

Option to attach file

Storage capacity

Unlimited

300 MB for free on Zotero server; Additional storage available for purchase

Unlimited

Sharing references with others

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cite-as-you-write

Microsoft Word

Google Docs

Microsoft Word

LibreOffice

Microsoft Word

Create bibliographies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Migration options to other citation managers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Support

Via UA Libraries;

Online tutorials

Online tutorials

Via UA Libraries;

Online tutorials

Highlights

Best for users with consistent online access; account is yours even after graduation

Not dependent on institutional subscription or affiliation

Strong Web of Science presence; More advanced customization features

Weaknesses

Web-based

Not designed for use on public/shared computers

Most expensive upgrade option after graduation

Recommendation: Test out most useful features to you on each citation manager. Choose the one the best meets your needs. If you need assistance, contact UA Libraries or your subject specialist.

RefWorks is a web-based software that allows you to collect, manage, & cite your resources. RefWorks is available at no cost to University of Alabama students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  This account will go with you to other institutions.  For information on transferring your account contact ProQuest RefWorks.  800-889-3358 (available in the US only.)

Zotero is a free browser add-on that helps you collect, manage, & cite resources. Zotero also has a desktop version you can install on Mac or PC.

EndNote is citation management software that allows users to create customized libraries of references, automatically create citations and bibliography matching the requirements of the selected journal or style manual, sync and share references, and more. In addition to installing EndNote on personal or University machines, users can also access EndNote anywhere using EndNote online.--via UA OIT