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Shortcourse on Reference Management


Course outline
Part 1: intro to reference management
1.1 common problems and solutions

  • What are
    • the common problems in scientific writing (papers, thesis, dissertation)
    • the common mistakes in writing
    • the tools and proposed solutions

1.2 What is reference management

  • How does it help to our writing and what are the tools needed
  • Where to get the softwares and why does it have to be opensource
  • How to install Reference Manager and connect it to our word processor
Part 2: how to retrieve references
2.1 Where to find:

  • Library and its website
  • Databases:
    • Free:
      • Google Scholar (free)
    • ITB subscription
      • Scopus
      • Web of science
      • http://www.lib.itb.ac.id/e-journal
      • http://www.lib.itb.ac.id/e-book
  • Publishers
    • Sciencedirect (options: conventional, open access)
    • Elsevier (options: conventional, open access)
    • Springer Sciences (options: conventional, open access)
    • http://www.lib.itb.ac.id/e-journal
    • http://www.lib.itb.ac.id/e-book
    • Open access:
      • DOAJ
      • PeerJ
      • HESS
      • Etc
  • Community, social media:
    • ResearchGate
    • Academia
    • ResearchID
2.2 tweaking the keywords
  • What is a keyword
  • What is keyword’s operator
  • How to get the best search results
  • Use “Google Scholar” alert notification
  • How to store the information
Part 3: how to store your references
3.1 how to store your references
  • Saving the pdfs and metadata
  • Folder structure
3.2 how to use reference manager
  • Importing, Organizing, and Taking notes
  • Using and adding Citation style
  • Citing  and Making bibliography
Part 4: how to cite
4.1 Citation style
4.2 Paraphrasing
4.3 Plagiarism
4.4 how to use “Cite While You Write”
  • Bring your laptop
  • Install Zotero or Mendeley reference manager prior to the course
  • Bring a sample of reference (paper, thesis etc)

Date: January 2015

Place: PMO or Comlabs
  • email to dasaptaerwin@outlook.co.id or
  • Tag facebook/dasaptaerwin or
  • Mention @dasaptaerwin

WTF: More on reference manager Zotero


(image from: wiki.ubc.ca)

Dear friends,

I’ve been posting my research plan for 2015 in various medias, so that my students, or any other students in Indonesia could read it and participate. I’ve got many responses. And the following post is my comment. I’ll make the translation later on.

— In Indonesian —

Kalau anda berminat pertama yg mau saya share adalah ilmu reference manager untuk membuat daftar pustaka:
  1. Googling software Zotero;
  2. Download zotero dan juga add-on untuk Microsoft Word (MsW) atau LibreOffice (LO) dan Firefox (kalau anda pakai Firefox);
  3. Googling BibTex citation info. Ini penting karena ini file yang menyimpan info identitas tiap paper, buku, peta yang kita rujuk (cite).
  4. Untuk tutorial format video, tautan screen cast di youtube berikut sangat membantu: http://goo.gl/7QRzsc

Jadi biasakan tiap download pdf paper atau apapun, cari atau download juga BibTex citation infonya untuk “disedot” (import) dengan Zotero.

 Dengan reference manager (EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, dll), in this case we’ll be using Zotero (free and opensource), kita hanya perlu berhenti di tempat yang tepat, memilih paper yang kita cite, Daftar Pustaka (Bibliography) akan dibuat secara otomatis oleh Zotero. Mendeley is also free (but not open source), so the choice is yours.
Selain menggunakan software eksternal, anda juga bisa menggunakan fasilitas reference manager internal MsW atau LO. Outputnya sama, tapi MsW tidak bisa membuka atau import BibTex citation info, jadi anda harus memasukkan judul, penulis, dll satu-satu. Tapi masalah itu sudah diselesaikan dengan mendownload dan menginstalasi addon Zotero untuk ms word atau libreoffice. Akan muncul icon dan menu tambahan untuk menyisipkan citation di posisi yang kita inginkan.
Bagi yang ingin mencoba fasilitas internal MsW atau LO, saya sudah buatkan tutorialnya empat tahun yang lalu di blog saya di FITB (http://goo.gl/QWj2At).

— In English —

If you are interested, the first thing I want to share with you will be how to use reference manager to help you manage you and make citation lists. So what I need you to do are:
  1. Googling Zotero;
  2. Download zotero and also its add-on for Microsoft Word (MsW) or LibreOffice (LO) and its Firefox extension (kalau anda pakai Firefox). For those of you who use Chrome, in my experience, the extension is not fully working;
  3. Googling BibTex citation info. This file stores the citation info of your papers, books, maps, or whatever that you want to cite.
  4. You might find this video tutorial useful.

From now on, don’t forget to download the BibTex citation info after or before you download a pdf. In fact, make it as a habit. This “*.bib” file will be later on imported to Zotero.

Using a reference manager (EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, dll), in this case we’ll be using Zotero (free and open source), all you have to do is stop whereever you need to cite, select the paper to cite, then the bibliography (reference list) will be automatically synced by Zotero. Mendeley, however, is also free (but not open source), so the choice is yours.
Instead of using external software, you have another choice to use the internal referencing facility in you word processor (WP), either MsW or LO. The output will be the same, but both WP can’t read any formats of citation info (BibTex, RIS, RefWorks, EndNote, etc). So you will need to input the info (title, author, year, etc) one by one. But that has been solved by downloading and installing Zotero add-on in to your WP. You may expect additional menus and icons from the add-on.