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Organizing Scientific Information with Mendeley© software

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Year of publication 2013
Type Workshop
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

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Description The main goal of this workshop was to provide academics and doctoral students the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently organize and retrieve information using Mendeley© software. During the research process, the next step after finding information, is organize it. In this digital era, our skills to efficiently find information need to be different from those of the print era (Tuominen, 2007). The same applies to the subsequent process of organization of that information. Furthermore, one of the central competencies of digital literacy (i.e. the ability to understand information), is “knowledge assembly” which is only possible by building a reliable collection of information from diverse sources (Bawden, 2008). Today, it’s possible to do that using software. Mendeley© is a free reference manager software useful to organize as a database a large amount of citations from articles, books, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, etc. You can instantly and automatically create a bibliography (e.g. in Microsoft Word) using any citation style like the Chicago Manual of Style, Modern Language Association, American Sociological Association, American Psychologist Association (6th edition), etc. Furthermore, you actually don’t need to organize the files in your computer, since Mendeley© directly import your PDF files from a folder selected by you. On the other hand, you can search in your database and all the information could be synchronized with other devices like smart phones, tablets, and other computers, giving you the opportunity to carry with your database everywhere. Finally, you can share the information with other people, giving you the possibility to collaborate with a group (there are over 70,000 groups) in the creation of special bibliographies or just share with others new articles, book chapters, and new bibliography in general.
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