Literature Review Basics and Searching Skills

What is Reference Management?

Citation management is when you use specific tools to help you organize the references you find during a lit review search.  On this page, we will present some video tutorials to get you started, a comparison chart of features from some popular reference managers, and questions to help you decide which one will work for you.

Popular Reference Managers

Zotero logo

Zotero was developed initially at George Mason University and has gained popularity as a flexible reference manager.   All the information for learning Zotero is provided through their online documentation or their screencast tutorials.

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EndNote is a popular reference management tool not available through VCU; if interested in using it, try EndNote Basic first to see if it's a good choice.  The company has great training materials on their EndNote Training channel.




Quick Start Tutorials

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