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IACUC: The 3Rs and the Literature Search

Step 5: Manage Your Results

Keeping track of what databases you have searched, what keywords and questions you used in each database, and the results from each search can be time-consuming.  The University Libraries support the use of several citation managers that can help you to organize your search results.

Using citation managers like Zotero, EndNote, and Mendeley has some major advantages. One is that you can attach notes to each reference, including keywords, subjects, and abstracts; this can help you to document your alternatives search. You can also automatically remove duplicate references that you have retrieved from searching different databases.

OSU Libraries offers introductory and advanced tutorials on Zotero and workshops on Zotero, Mendelay and EndNote throughout the year. You can also schedule a time to meet with a librarian to help you take advantage of these resources.