How you stay organized largely depends on your preference. The library databases offer a few ways to help you keep track of articles you may want to use for your research assignment.
When looking at a results page on the library website, you will notice a collection of icons at the top right corner of each result. This can be your organization station! These icons provide ways of saving and organizing any resources you want to use for your assignment. There's a link to RefWorks, a permanent link option, a citation generator, an email option, and more. See the tabs on this page for more explanation on each of these options.
You might think you shouldn't save or keep track of an article unless you've already decided to use it in your assignment, but if you think something even might be useful, it's helpful to just save it to a list or email it to yourself! Doing this will avoid a situation where you're scrambling to remember the name of that article you've now realized would be the perfect thing to use.
This list of sources is also a way to ensure your bibliography or works cited list is already almost done before you finish your paper!
Look through the tabs on this page to see all the different ways you can save articles to stay organized.
RefWorks is a tool that is embedded in our library website that allows you to save articles to a list. You can then email the list to yourself or download it onto your computer.
RefWorks does not save your list of sources if you close the tab or your internet browser unless you sign up for a RefWorks account! RefWorks is a free resource and it's easy to sign up. But, again, if you have a list of sources saved using RefWorks, and you are not signed into your account or don't have one, you will lose this list when you close your internet browser.
When you're looking at your results list, you will see a series of small icons on the top right section of each result listing. The icon that looks like a little bookmark is what you will click to save the article to a list in RefWorks.
Once you are on your full list, you can choose to print or download the list to your computer, or email the list to yourself. You can also use the dropdown menu at the top of your list to have your articles sent to you in whatever citation format you choose. Again, if you don't sign up for a RefWorks account, this list will disappear when you close your browser.
When looking at your search results page, you'll notice that each result has a set of icons on the top right corner. The permalink option is second from the right and looks like two linked chains. Click that, and you can then copy the link and paste it into a separate document. The link will take you right to the same article listing.
You can email articles to yourself by using the email icon at the top-right of each article. Click the icon and new window will appear. You can enter either your school or personal email address, choose a citation format, and then click send.
There are several citation management tools out there. Our library website lets you export any resource to whichever tool you prefer!
You can export a resource to EasyBib, EndNote, Zotero, BibTeX, or Citavi. Each of the citation management tools works a little different. Whichever tool you use is up to you and depends on your personal preference.
Note: Each tool is a third-party system. You will need to set up an account to use their services.
You will see an ellipses ( ... ) in the top right corner of each article in your search result list. Click the ellipses and you will see the list of citation tool options to export to. Click the citation tool of your choosing and a download of the citation will automatically begin. You can then upload the citation into your citation management tool.