Sometimes you need to create a citation on the fly, while other times, your writing will be more complicated and involve citing several items and keeping track of sources. For this type of work, use a citation manager.
To decide which citation manager to use: Citation Manager Comparison Chart
The Libraries offer workshops on the different citation managers: Libraries Events Calendar
Zotero - a tool to organize your research citations, papers, and ideas: https://www.zotero.org/
CREATE AN ACCOUNT: https://www.zotero.org/user/register
Create an account, download the tool, and add the Zotero connector to access full functionality. The web version will sync with the downloaded desktop version. The web version alone does work but will require some workarounds (add a citation using the DOI) and does not offer much storage for paper pdfs.
Using Zotero with Google Docs Video (1:18)
To create a compelling story, you might want to investigate these three types of sources:
When starting a research project, it is sometimes helpful to search popular magazines to scaffold information and learn the level of information communicated to a public audience.
The database Academic Search Premier is the ONLY database that will let you search specifically for magazine and trade publications.
Target your database search by combining these tools with your strategic keywords.
Using quotes "_____" keeps words together as a phrase. Example: "Climate Change"
Using parentheses (_____) collects like terms. Example: (Sea or Ocean or Coast)
Using an asterisk * at end of of a word returns all the various word endings. Example: Flood* for Flood, Flooded, Flooding
Find articles on your topic with databases. Each database searches a particular collection of journals as well as other materials.
Off-campus access with UMass NetID
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is the non-partisan public policy research arm of the United States Congress.
CRS experts prepare reports to assist members of Congress throughout the legislative process providing background information and data on public policy issues.