Brandel Library

Conducting a Literature Review

Staying Organized

Database tools that keep you organized

It's important to save citations or full-text documents in such a way that you can easily find them later!  There are many tools available that can help you stay organized: 

In EBSCO Databases (we have a lot of these), use the TOOLS menu that appears to the right of a specific record (not in the main results list). Some of our other (non-EBSCO) databases may have similar features.

cite button EBSCOhost

This tool automatically generates a citation in a handful of the most common citation styles (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.).  You can copy and paste it into your paper or somewhere else. Please read over your citations to make sure the formatting is correct.


Permalink button EBSCOhost

This is a stable URL that you can use to return to this page later.  Do not copy the URL from the address bar at the top of your browser when you're in a library database.  It won't work later!  Instead, use the permalink. Tip:  To learn whether a URL is stable or not, copy and paste it into a different browser.  Ex: If you're in Chrome, try Firefox.  


Add to Folder EBSCOhost

Like a shopping cart, the folder can be used to gather many materials and deal with them in a batch.  You can email them all at once, or export them, or save them. Tip:  If you want the contents of the folder to be saved, create a "My EBSCOhost account" and sign in before adding items to the folder.  You pick a username/password - it is not connected to your NPU network login.

Citation Management

How do you stay organized?

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