Skip to main content

Guides

Page title

Finding and managing information

On this page

 

Develop your search strategy

Developing a good search strategy will ensure you find quality material and will save you time. If you haven't created a search strategy before or need to brush up on your skills, see our Finding Sources page.

More advanced searching

Citation searching or cited reference searching can be another very effective way of identifying useful material. If you have identified a key book or article in your field, citation searching will allow you to identify other articles or books that have cited that work. This allows you to find more recent works on the same subject and to build up a connected trail of research in your area. 

Many databases are now starting to include citation information in their records – look for links that say Cited By or Times Cited.

You can try citation searching in the following:

  • Google Scholar references are likely to have a cited by link to other articles.  Details of the calculating algorithms are not public knowledge, so it is difficult to compare this with commercial products. The advice would be to use with caution, and in collaboration with other sources. You can link your University account to Google Scholar easily for access to material through our subscriptions. 
  • Publish or Perish is a free piece of software which can be used with Google Scholar to track and analyse citations.  

Staff development workshops are offered regularly on both Scopus and Web of Science, including how to track your own profile, find research collaborators and identify the best journals to publish in

Keeping up-to-date

There are several key ways of keeping yourself up-to-date with the latest research in your area:

  • Set up alerts for your searches in any databases you use. New search results will be emailed to you.
  • Use journal alerting services such as Zetoc and JournalTOCs. These send you details of newly-published journal articles in your area of research. Individual publishers and journals also allow you to set up alerts for their content. 
  • Set up RSS feeds from news sites and journals
  • Use social media tools like blogs, Twitter and networking sites like Academia.edu to stay up-to-date and connect with other researchers.

 

Managing your references

Reference management tools allow you to manage and organise all the references you find during your research. Most will also allow you to create bibliographies of your references and insert citations into your work. Some have additional useful features such as sharing references, managing pdfs and social networking. 

We recommend Mendeley to researchers and staff.  Below is an overview of the features, alongside three popular tools. Other tools e.g. Citavi are also available.  Please contact askalibrarian if you'd like further referencing support, or see our guide to referencing.

 

Mendeley

EndNote

EndNote Basic

Zotero

Cost

Free

Individual subscription

Free

Free

Desktop or online application

Desktop and online

Desktop and online

Online

Desktop and online

Operating systems

Windows

Mac

Linux

Windows

Mac

 

Windows

Mac

Linux

Word processor compatibility

MS Word

LibreOffice

BibTex

MS Word

Apache Open Office

 

MS Word

MS Word

Apache Open Office

LibreOffice

University of Worcester Harvard referencing style

 

 

Other referencing styles

8,000+

6,000+

7

8,000+

Captures references from webpages

 

 

Captures references from barcodes

 

 

 

 

Captures references from PDFs

Mobile app

 

 

Automatic syncing across devices

 

 

Free PDF storage

2GB

Unlimited

2GB

300MB

Free reference storage

2GB

Unlimited

50,000

300MB

PDF annotation

 

 

Sharing

 

Extra features

Article recommender