Softwares used for referencing & Google Scholar

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Different softwares are being used for referencing now a days. some of them are

  1. Google Scholar
  2. Mendeley
  3. Zotero
  4. Endnote
  5. BibTeX
  6. RefMan
  7. RefWorks etc.

We will discuss one by one.

Google Scholar:

  • It is very simple to use and makes referencing very easy.
  • Go to https://scholar.google.com.pk/
  • Enter the research title for example “role of her2 in breast cancer” and press enter
  • Find your required article/research and press the citation icon; the screen will show up; copy the required referencing style e.g. Vancouver and paste it in your reference list. Done !!
  • Important:  Vancouver style usually in CPSP and other universities, Harvard style is used in UHS Lahore. Different Journals have their own requirements.
  • Copy your required style

Chrome and Mozilla extensions for Google Scholar:

If you are using google chrome or Mozilla browser; you can use Google Scholar chrome extension; it will help you in copying references right from the research website (You don’t need to go to google scholar website)

Steps:

  • Type in Google Scholar chrome extension in the search bar; search results will show up.
  • Click on the search result and next screen will show up; there you will click install and add to chrome (For chrome browser and Add to Firefox for Mozilla/Firefox browser and yes you are done)
  • Important: Directly access google chrome extension, Directly access Mozilla extension. Similarly, you can do it for Microsoft edge browser.
  • Now go to any website on which you have your article and open the article; press the google scholar button and your reference styles will show up after pressing the citation icon.
  • Hope it clear all; if you need any help; feel free to contact.

Pros of Google Scholar:

  • It is very simple to use.
  • It doesn’t need any special system requirement nor a big software
  • You can easily use this for synopsis and research papers.

Cons:

  • While writing a dissertation/thesis it may not be helpful because the number of references is more and you will face difficulty while maintaining the reference list.
  • Sometimes you need to change the reference style e.g from Vancouver to Harvard style for some research paper or any other purpose; google scholar will not be helpful in this. You will change the individual reference in text and reference list and it will take much time and errors might happen.

Solution:

  • Different softwares are used for effective referencing.
  • These softwares are helpful in maintaining a large number of references.
  • You can change referencing styles anytime with a click
  • We will update about softwares one by one.

 

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