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Scholarly Inquiry and Research Experience (SIRE) Program

Academic Productivity Tools

Managing a research project is probably pretty easy if you only have 3 sources. 5? Still manageable. But what about 10? 50? 100?

The more sources you're dealing with, the more important it is that you keep your sources organized. There is no one way that fits all learning styles, so it is up to you to figure out a system that works.

Below are some suggestions for tools that can help you keep your sources, notes, and thoughts organized.

See also the Academic Productivity Tools Guide.

Citation Managers

Zotero helps you collect, manage, and cite research sources. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies using Word or Open Office.

End​Note is a program that makes it possible to collect and organize references in a database and instantly create properly formatted bibliographies.

Guides to Citing and Avoiding Plagiarism

For examples and help, see the Purdue Online Writing Lab -- Research & Citation Resource

Check out the Emory Libraries Guide to Citing for additional help.

If you are not sure which citation style to use, this guide has helpful advice structured by discipline. Be sure to check with your faculty advisor on expectations and requirements regarding the citation style for your project.

Remember, using the work of another scholar without proper citation, whether that work is available in print or online, is plagiarism, a violation of the Emory Honor Code.