Some warn against sharing your bibliography online, as it may lead others in highly competitive fields to make the links within the literature that you are working on, that you have only been able to make after much struggle. Knowing how to develop a bibliography and cite the resources you drew on  in your research papers are two elemental skills for any student researcher. For the sciences, EndNote is more standard, and it has better lists of journal abbreviations for the science citation styles and lots of downloadable styles specific to science journals. EndNote has more customization and formatting options for citation styles and individual references in Word.
While Zotero cannot search for article PDFs through MU Libraries from a reference in your Zotero library, Zotero automatically saves PDFs if there is a PDF on the page you import.
While it does not have as many customizeable advanced features, Zotero tends to have less of an initial learning curve than EndNote does. The UBC Research Commons offers workshops throughout each term on three of the most popular citation management tools: RefWorks, Mendeley, and Zotero. RefWorks is a web-based citation management program that enables you to download, store, and share references, and format bibliographies in seconds. As of May 21, 2015, UBC RefWorks accounts and databases will be stored on servers located in the United States. After May 21st, you will need to reinstall Write-n-Cite (now called Proquest for Word) and RefGrab-It, if you use these components of RefWorks.
After your account information is migrated, it will be subject to US laws, specifically the USA PATRIOT Act, which allows US authorities to access your personal information. All students, faculty, and staff of UBC should access RefWorks from this page to authenticate using EZproxy. If you are unable to use the EZproxy access, you can authenticate your computer using UBC's Subscriber Group Code. Accounts that have been inactive for more than 2 years may be deleted by the UBC Library RefWorks administrators.
Should you want to move the content of your RefWorks account to a different program such as EndNote, Mendeley, or Zotero, SFU Library has compiled some step-by-step instructions. If you are joining another institution that has a RefWorks site license, you can move your database to a new account with that institution. Use the Summon search interface to find records and download directly to RefWorks from Summon.
UBC RefWorks users have up to 5 GB of storage in RefWorks, and there is no limit on the number of references that can be stored.
If you were using Write-n-Cite to write a paper before the migration from Canadian to US servers on May 21, 2015, you'll need to adjust a setting in order to continue working with the file after the migration. RefWorks allows you to choose from many traditional output styles such as APA, Chicago, Turabian, and MLA, as well as citation styles defined by particular journals.
To modify an existing output style, or create a new one, see the Using the Output Style Editor tutorials. RefShare is a module of RefWorks that allows users to share citations, folders, and databases with members of the UBC community, and globally with any researcher having Internet access.
Please note that attachments are not viewable through RefShare for purposes of copyright compliance. If you choose not to use RefShare to share folders, RefWorks also has other options for sharing your citations. Researchers at UBC are prohibited from sharing their UBC RefWorks account information with anyone who does not meet the criteria set forth in 1 and 2 above. To share your UBC RefWorks account information as noted above, you will need to provide your RefWorks Log-in Name and Password as well as the UBC Group Code to the non-UBC researchers with whom you are collaborating.
Mendeley is a combination of a desktop application and a website which helps you manage, share and discover both research content and research contacts. Create a free account, which will begin the download onto the computer (instructions are prompted). The Mac window is similar; with different icons at the top that perform the same functions. If you cannot find a reference online for the resource you want to cite, you can add it to your library manually using the "Add File" dropdown. Be sure to select the right resource type (journal, book, video, etc), as this will determine the details that Mendeley asks you to fill out for the citation. On the left pane, below the My Library window, is a Filter button , which opens a filter window that allows the library to be filtered by Author’s Keywords, Author, Tags, and Publications (Journal).
Add Note: Allows an annotated note to be added into the document, where text can be recorded, at any location within the document. E-Mail Document: Allows document to be sent to an email or a Mendeley contact (including or not including annotated highlights and notes). To use Mendeley to create citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word, the MS Word Plugin must first be installed. The bibliography can be added to the document by placing the cursor in the desired location and clicking Insert Bibliography in the Mendeley Cite-O-Matic window.
If the document must be saved without the Mendeley citation formatting, it can be exported from the Mendeley Cite-O-Matic window without Mendeley fields. NOTE: Sometimes when Word accesses Mendeley Desktop, it will appear as if it has stopped working, as the Mendeley window will not popup in front. Below the My Library window, where the Filter window is located, there is a button to open the Contacts window instead. Documents can then be sent to contacts by dragging the article onto the contact’s name. Groups can be created using existing contacts by clicking Create Group… under the Groups heading within the My Library window. The UBC Research Commons team offers monthly 2-hour workshops to get you started with Mendeley.
To view upcoming workshops and to register for a session, visit the Library Workshops and Events Calendar and search for Mendeley. Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, open source, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. To get started with Zotero for Firefox, first click the red download button on the Zotero website to download and install the plugin. Following the instructions in the video, you see that there are two main parts to Zotero: (1)your online account, stored by Zotero, and accessible from any web browser, and (2) your Zotero extension for Firefox, which, when connected to your Zotero account, allows you to add and organize references in your library. Zotero Standalone is a good option for users who do not user Firefox as their preferred browser.
To get started with Zotero Standalone, first click the red download button on the Zotero website to download and install the standalone version. The solution to this would be to learn how to manage our time properly, but there is another solution that some might have overlooked: Utilizing tools that enable us to work more efficiently.
As a self-confessed tech geek, I have tried and tested numerous applications, trying to find the best apps that would enable me to work better. In this article, I will be sharing 5 of the applications I use regularly in my life as an undergraduate. The second problem I faced was that I hated having to manually key in the citations according to a specific citation format.


Mendeley is a free reference manager that helps you to organize your research, collaborate with others online and discover the latest research. Mendeley allows you to organize your literature into folders and then sort the literature in those folders according to author, title, year published, and even the journal title. It also allows you to highlight and insert notes directly onto the PDF itself, thus making it easy for you to locate the important information you found earlier. It has a search function that allows you to search across all your documents, both in the titles of papers and their contents. It gives you the ability to insert citations automatically, according to the format you require (side note: you will have to install the Microsoft Word plug-in here first).
After inserting citations throughout your paper using the Mendeley plug-in, all you have to do to insert your entire bibliography is to click the above button.
Since I started using the app last year, I have never found the need to find another application to replace Mendeley. If you woud like some other apps to compare Mendeley with, you can check out the company’s useful comparison chart here. Since you do not have to take your hands off the keyboard, oTranscribe gives you the ability to type faster. The best thing about oTranscribe is that when you pause, it automatically rewinds the audio for 2 seconds, so your fingers have time to start typing again when you hit “play”. Lastly, the app also allows you to easily export your transcript in markdown or plaintext, allowing you to open it with your Word program. I have shared this app with numerous friends and all of them testify that the app gets the work done effectively. With Doodle, all I had to do was key in the time slots where I would be free, send my team members a link and wait for them to choose the slots where they are free! Doodle is an app that simplifies the process of scheduling events, whether they are board or team meetings, dinners with friends, reunions, weekend trips, or anything else that needs scheduling. It is very easy to create a new event, for example a meeting, and choose the times that you propose the meeting be held.
I have only recently stumbled upon Doodle, but I can foresee myself using it even in my personal life, from organizing dinners with my family and friends, to scheduling meetings for work purposes. When it comes to designing slides for presentations, the golden rule often overlooked is that less is more. Because of these reasons, I only need an application that provides two kinds of content for my slides: Beautiful images and clear fonts. With just a few clicks, Bunkr is an application that allows you to create an interactive presentation and to share it online.
Under the tab “web services”, you can even search for images in the Internet from within Bunkr itself. Personally, I feel Bunkr is only for those who love simplicity in their presentation slides.
As representative for several classes, often I had to distribute readings and handouts to other students. With Dropbox, however, my lecturers would send me the soft copy of the notes and I would upload them to my Dropbox account. This way, consumption of paper decreases (as almost everyone has tablets or smart phones these days), the notes get delivered directly to everyone’s inboxes and because the notes are sent as a Dropbox download link instead of an attachment, email space is also saved. Files synced to your mobile devices can be stored offline for viewing without Internet connection as well. Dropbox is the perfect application for online storage for me as it is very easy to use compared with other applications.
However, Dropbox’s offering of free online storage begins only at 2GB (and caps at 16GB), increasing only when the user completes certain actions like recommending friends to join Dropbox. Dropbox’s 16GB of free space should be enough for most users, but if you are ever in need of more, do what I do – use all three applications. In conclusion, I hope you will give the above applications a spin and I know, In sha Allah, they will help you save hours of your precious time. If you know of other awesome applications that I should try out, please feel free to share them in the comments. Want to Learn More Practical Tips Designed according to Quran & Sunnah to Boost Your Productivity? Upgrade your knowledge and skills to lead a truly productive Muslim life in today’s modern age with advanced productivity training and tools designed in accordance to the Quran & Sunnah. Become an active member of the Productive Muslim community and enrich it with your thoughts. United under this mission to serve the ummah, our global team is dedicated to deliver productivity resources and advanced productivity training aligned with Islamic ethics and values. Join us on this productive movement and let us all work together towards a Productive Ummah. I’ve found that pdf documents that are password protected (for instance limiting printing, like some of the OECD Read Only Publications), cause the application to crash. Most likely effect this is lost in the sheer volume of data that each of us upload when including our own reference lists. They have money and business acumen to back them up, and I will not be suprised if they will actually manage to become a new Facebook for Journal Articles. Correct and accurate citations do not only augment the credibility of your research but also help other interested researchers use your citations for reference mining and thus building on your work. So if you build a library in EndNote and want to move it to Zotero after you graduate, it is easy to do. EndNote is free for students and $30 a year for faculty and staff, but students can still usually use the EndNote software on their computer (without access to updates) after they graduate.In contrast, Zotero is always free and, as a browser add-in, auto-updates by default. To view upcoming workshops and to register for a session, visit the Library Workshops and Events Calendar and search for citation management. Unfortunately, there are no other citation management tools that store their data exclusively on Canadian servers.
If you have privacy concerns about entering your personal information, you may supply non-identifying information (e.g. Click here to access the Subscriber Group Code form; you will need your library barcode and PIN to access the group code.
Remember to backup your UBC account; you can then restore the citations to your new account.
However, accounts larger than 1 GB, with more than 100 attachments, or more than 20,000 references may be very difficult or impossible to backup or move. If you had previously installed Write-n-Cite, you'll need to uninstall it using these instructions before installing Proquest for Word. See the Sharing References without RefShare section of RefWorks Help (found under Sharing Your References) for more information. After performing a search using Google Scholar, Summon, or a journal database such as Web of Knowledge, or Pubmed, click the Import to Mendeley bookmark.
If the article opens as a .pdf within the browser, importing the file to Mendeley will also import the PDF file. This will usually automatically gather information such as title, author, date, etc., but sometimes it does not recognize the file, and data must be typed in manually.


The note records whoever typed the note (in case resources are being shared), as well as the date and time of the note. By clicking the note in this area (shown in yellow below), you can bring up the document location where the note was placed. Once the article is found, clicking the "Cite" button at the top of the Mendeley window will import the citation to MS Word.
Each member with a free account can only create 1 private or invite-only group, and each group can only have a maximum of 3 members. In these hands-on workshops, you'll learn how to import and organize your research citations and format your bibliographies in the citation style of your choice. Developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University in 2006, Zotero was developed as an extension for the Firefox web-browser to "live" that right where you do your work—in the web browser itself. You may not be able to install the Zotero extension if you do not have the most current version of Firefox. The more papers I wrote, the more literature I collected and the more confused I got with all my resources. I spent a long time just writing, sorting and editing the bibliography of my papers, time that I could spend doing something else. Mendeley will extract all the information automatically and create your bibliography for you in seconds. It does what it is supposed to, is beautifully designed compared with other similar apps I have seen and saves a lot of my time. It was excruciating having to go back and forth between my audio player and my word document, pausing and rewinding, while trying to catch what my interviewees were saying. For those using Google Drive, you can also export it directly into your Google Drive account. The limitation of one transcription at a time can be an asset, as it forces you to concentrate and complete each audio before moving to another.
While this allows for more flexibility and freedom, it can cause a problem when trying to schedule a time for group discussions. In the past, I would have to liaise with them by going back and forth, trying to find a date where everyone would be free. Once you have selected all the time proposals and completed setting up the poll, all you have to do is send the link given to your team members.
Presentation slides only serves two purposes: To give the audience a simple visual aid in line with the content of the presentation and to remind the speaker of what he is supposed to speak of next. This forces you to focus on what is important to include in your slides, so when you present, the audience’s attention is on you, not on your slides. Students who love to fill up their slides with lots of information would find Bunkr’s minimalist approach very limiting.
This is good news as it means that we can look forward to more features from the Bunkr development team in the future, In sha Allah. Before discovering Dropbox, I would leave the set of notes at the photocopy shop on campus and anyone who wanted the notes would make their way to the shop, print a copy and bring the notes to class.
I would then send an email to everyone who registered for the class to download the notes from my account. There are also a host of applications that can work with Dropbox, such as Droptunes (stream audio from your Dropbox) and Scriptogram (blog from your Dropbox).
Whenever my favourite websites update, Feedly pushes all new content automatically onto its dashboard, so I do not have to go to all the different websites.
I already use dropbox and I knew abour Trello but I’m going to check some of the ones you mentioned. Does anyone know if my company might be able to get access to a blank 2012 AF IMT 1206 version to fill out ? Inspired by the timeless guidance of Quranic teachings and Prophetic practice and synthesised with the best of contemporary thinking around productivty, we aim to ignite the productive potential of this ummah. InshaAllah, we sincerely pray our efforts will help our fellow Muslims reach their full productive potential, so that they can contribute faithfully to their family, society and service to Allah.
In principle allows you to pick up the folder containing all your pdf references and simply drag and drop them to the local mendeley application. The beauty of this is that they have found a legal way to bypass the costs that publishers still raise for accessing individual pdf’s.
They also offer individual consultation appointments, via the link under "Consultations" on the main Research Commons page. Therefore, if you are concerned about RefWorks storing your personal information outside Canada, you should replace it with non-identifying information before May 21, 2015. You'll also need to ensure that your computer has the latest versions of Microsoft Word, Java, and Visual Studios Tools for Windows. Note: If the article is downloaded to the downloads folder and opens in a PDF viewer, such as Adobe Acrobat, the Import to Mendeley button will not be present, since it only exists on the browser. You'll leave the workshops with a basic database of research citations and the skills to build on it. Zotero runs in its own pane within Firefox, separately from web pages and "scrapes" information to populate the your citation database.
The 2GB online storage limitation is not that big of an issue as it should be enough to store hundreds of files. What timestamp does is that it marks the time of the audio on the document, so you can just click on it to give it another listen later.
Also, if you have audio and video files that are not within the accepted formats, you can convert your files using media.io before uploading them to oTranscribe. This worked really well until it dawned on me just how much paper was wasted in the process! If you have the desktop app installed, you can just drag the file you wish to upload into your Dropbox folder.
The link to download your file will then be automatically copied to your clipboard, so all you have to do is send the link out via email, Facebook or other text-enabled applications.
Subscribe to her personal letters for writings, as well as updates on projects she’s working on. It does a good job in interpreting the documents and figuring out the bibliographical information.
Always save a copy of the document with the Mendeley fields active before exporting without Mendeley formatting. A stand-alone version of Zotero also exists for those who do not use Firefox as their preferred browser. And then it connects the whole thing to your online profile, so that your synchronized reference library goes with you anywhere. The stand-alone version is almost identical to the Firefox extension, but lacks some of the advanced features.




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