September 25, 2022
Blog / PhD

Referencing and Citations

This causes me such a flipping headache. I’ve done both a MA and an MSc and for the MSc dissertation I did all of my referencing manually, rendering me with a completely irrational hatred of full stops and brackets. I discovered Menderley during my MA and fell in love with the idea of a Reference Manager. Fast forward to the PhD Days and I find myself falling out of love with Menderley sadly. Over the last couple of months I have ended up starting new Menderley accounts to try and cope with the fact that it kept crashing on me. Over the last week it has crashed at least four times on me when I have tried to use the find duplicates function.

Anyhow, I have tried a couple of other different reference mangers in the past and haven’t really got on with those either ( I am starting to wonder if it is actually just me ! )

Dear Reference Manager … it’s not you it’s me .. I think

But, I am now going to give Zotero another go. It is open source and having spoken to a couple of people who have said quite good things about it, I am tentatively transferring my pdf’s into it.

I have come across this good video by Angela Platt which not only gives a good overview of Zotero but also is quite cool in the explanation of a workflow for using Google Drive . Looking at Angela’s You Tube channel there are lots of other useful videos on there that might be worth checking out !

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