University Libraries Publications

Title

Bibliographic Management Software: A Focus Group Study of the Preferences and Practices of Undergraduate Students

Publication Title

Public Services Quarterly

Publication Date

2013

Document Type

Article

DOI

doi/abs/10.1080/15228959.2013.785878

Keywords

bibliographic management, bibliographic systems, bibliographies, citation manager, reference management software

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

With the growing population of undergraduate students on our campus and an increased focus on their success, librarians at a large midwestern university were interested in the citation management styles of this university cohort. Our university library spends considerable resources each year to maintain and promote access to the robust bibliographic management tool RefWorks. A team of librarians wondered whether RefWorks might be used by undergraduate students with the same perceived enthusiasm that we have sensed in graduate students and faculty. More generally, we explored how undergraduate students were managing their citations, if and what kinds of tools they were using to ease the process of creating bibliographies, and their general workflow in incorporating citations into their academic work.

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