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Alternatives Searching: Literature Searching for Animal Research

Step 5: Manage Your Results

Keeping track of what databases you have searched, what keywords and questions you used in each database, and the results from each search can be time-consuming.  The University Libraries support the use of RefWorks, a citation manager, that can help you to organize your search results.

Using citation managers like RefWorks, EndNote, and Mendeley has some major advantages. One is that you can attach notes to each reference, including keywords, subjects, and abstracts; this can help you to document your alternatives search. You can also automatically remove duplicate references that you have retrieved from searching different databases.

Our research guide on RefWorks can help you get started using this tool. We also offer numerous workshops on using RefWorks throughout the year, or you can schedule a time to meet with a reference librarian to help you take advantage of this resource.