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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.

Using a citation manager like Zotero, ReadCube Papers, EndNote, or 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.

Quick tools for auto-formatting your citations:

Want to use a program that not only creates your bibliography automatically, but can also store and organize citations and PDFs?

  • Check out ReadCube Papers -- DU provides all students, faculty, and staff with free accounts.
  • Check out Zotero -- a great free option from the makers of the Firefox browser.

Just need to format a few citations right now? Try these quick tools:

Whichever program you choose, remember to proofread the citations it generates for you!