Answered By: Linda Kern Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016 Views: 30
We don't use RefWorks at Brenau unless an individual student chooses to buy it. We recommend Zotero instead.
From Zotero: "Zotero is a free and easy-to-use research tool that helps you collect, organize, and analyze research and lets you share it in a variety of ways. Zotero includes the best parts of older reference manager software — the ability to store author, title, and publication fields and to export that information as formatted references — and the best aspects of modern software and web applications, such as the ability to organize, tag, and search in advanced ways. Zotero interacts seamlessly with online resources: when it senses you are viewing a book, article, or other object on the web, it can automatically extract and save complete bibliographic references. Zotero effortlessly transmits information to and from other web services and applications, and it runs both as a web service and offline on your personal devices...
Zotero is a production of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and the Corporation for Digital Scholarship." https://www.zotero.org/about/
Yep. Zotero is an excellent alternative to the expensive bibliographic organizers like RefWorks and EndNote, and it's free. Your librarians will help you install Zotero and learn how to use it.
See our Zotero LibGuide at http://libguides.brenau.edu/Zotero for instructions on downloading the software. We recommend Zotero for Firefox. This is the most powerful version of Zotero, with additional functionality not found in the Standalone version. The Library supports Zotero for Firefox because it is the most powerful alternative. Zotero for Firefox "lives" in the Firefox browser window. This is the version taught in our classes. We strongly suggest you download and use this version for your research. The alternative, Zotero Standalone, "lives" in its own window but "talks to" Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, depending on the version you download. We are not as familiar with Zotero Standalone, and offer less support for this version. If you are an intuitive power user, this version of Zotero may suit your needs well.
Did I mention that Zotero also "talks to" Word? As you type papers, Zotero will insert formatted citations into your document, and create the bibliography at the end, all in APA (or dozens of other) citation styles.
The Zotero LibGuide also includes videos on how to use Zotero. As with any of the bibliographic organizer software, there is a learning curve. We will be glad to meet with you and help you to get up to speed. If you'd like to schedule an appointment, contact us at http://library.brenau.edu/my-librarian/.