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
  • Publishers
    • Sciencedirect (options: conventional, open access)
    • Elsevier (options: conventional, open access)
    • Springer Sciences (options: conventional, open access)
    • 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
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About the author

My current focus is how to provide the hydrostratigraphy of volcanic aquifers in Bandung area. The research is based on environmental isotope measurement in groundwater and morphometry. My work consists of hydrochemical measurements. I am using multivariate statistical methods to provides more quantitative foundation for the analysis and more insight into the groundwater behavior, especially its interaction with surface water. I use open source apps like R and Python to do the job. In my spare time, I also have a side project to promote open science in Indonesia's research workflow. One of my current focus is promoting INARxiv, as the first preprint server of Indonesia ( and serving as ORCID and OSF ( ambassador. Research interest: Hydrochemistry, multivariate analysis, and R programming. Blog:, (