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Citation Management - Stay organized!

 Use a citation manager, such as RefWorks, EasyBib or Zotero to keep track of your research.


Put all your references in RefWorks, create quick and easy bibliographies, build your knowledgebase.

1. Set up your account by clicking on the RefWorks link on the library homepage. From the RefWorks info page, "New to RefWorks? - Sign up for an Individual Account." Note: You get to choose your own username and password - make them easy to remember!

2. Get your book citations into RefWorks

Books from UMA WorldCat

  1. Go to
  2. Conduct a search and go to an individual item listing.
  3. Click “Cite/Export.” Select "Export to RefWorks" in the pop-up box.
  4. Log into RefWorks.

Books from the Five College Catalog

  1. Conduct a search and go to an individual item listing.
  2. Click "E-Mail/Save" link near the top of the screen.
  3. Under Choose predefined format, select "RefWorks Format." Click "Go."
  4. Click "RefWorks."
  5. Log into RefWorks.

    3. Get your journal article citations into RefWorks
    Most databases have a way to export citations into RefWorks directly.

    4. Print out your bibliography

    1.     Click on Bibliography from the menu toolbar.
    2.     Select Output Style (APA, MLA, etc.) .
    3.     Select Format a Bibliography from a List of References
    4.     Select File type to Create (HTML, Word, or text file)
    5.     Select the Folder from which the citations are to be taken.
    6.     Click Create Bibliography.
    7.     Follow the instructions for viewing the file. Remember to save the document before closing. 
    Be sure to check the list for accuracy!

    5. Share your research with RefShare
    You can create a webpage out of any Refworks folder that can be shared with anyone! To access RefShare, log into RefWorks and click on Folders => Share Folders. Here's a RefShare list on Participatory Action Research, created by Isabel Espinal.

    If you need more help or info on RefWorks, check out the FAQs.


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    Books and more!


    TIP: When you look for a particular book on the shelf, make sure to browse the shelf and nearby shelves for related books. Take your time! Open the books!

     To find books at UMass, you have two options.

    1. Start with the general search box on the library home page,  

      This catalog gives you access to libraries and collections throughout North America and beyond! It starts with UMass but does not limit you to our catalog.

    2. Or, use the Five Colleges Library Catalog.

      This catalog lets you search in some very specifc ways, for example, by Library of Congress Subject Heading. Be as specific as possible in your searching. Start with a subject search (use keyword if subject yields no results). Search by author, title, subject, keyword, call number, journal title, etc. For materials on a specific subject, enter your term(s) into the Subject or Keyword search boxes.


    NOTE: Many of our newer books are online only. If  you prefer a paper copy, we can help you borrow via Inter-Library Loan.


    Tip for databases

    After you've run a search, use the button to retrieve articles or to be taken directly to the Interlibrary Loan request page, so you can order the article if UMass does not have it.

    Research Databases

    Here are some ways to find information in a variety of subjects and formats.

    • Research Databases
      Choose your topic from the list and quickly find the best library databases to search. A few databases to start with:

      - Academic Search Premier (articles)
      - ebrary (electronic books)
      - CQ Researcher (overviews of current issues)
      - Britannica Online (scholarly alternative to Wikipedia)
    • Academic Search Premier
      A good starting point: articles from key journals in many scholarly disciplines, with some trade journals and magazines
    • ebrary
      Scholarly and popular books online in full text!
    • ERIC
      Education journal articles and reports
    • LexisNexis Academic
      Full text of thousands of newspapers (including university presses) and TV and radio news transcripts, as well as business and legal information.

    Learn about journals and journal artices!

    What's a peer-reviewed journal?
    Many of our journals are peer-reviewed. If you don't know what that means or why it matters, watch this video.

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