UCSC Lab 3 – Searching for Literature and Creating a Bibliography
- Practice using the UCSC Library to search for academic literature
- Introduce Zotero and End Note citation managers
- An important aspect of social research is locating you work within the context of the work of others.
- While Google and Google Scholar are good for general searches, the UCSC Library also offers us some effective tools to use in searching for academic literature.
- Zotero and End Note are effective citation management systems available without charge to UCSC students.
- Go to the UCSC website at: lib.ucsc.edu.
- Under the Help menu select Start Your Research and then Keep Track of Your Research.
- Create an EndNote account.
- Once in EndNote create a New Folder (top left) and name it POLI101.
- Return to the UCSC library website.
- Click on the Research tab (white on red at top left) .
- Select Journals (Online & Print)
- Search for articles related to the dependent variable selected for your work.
- Refine your search by clicking the box named Scholarly Journals (top left) and adjusting the Publication Date slider (bottom left).
- Locate and open an article which helps you identify one or more possible independent variables.
- Click on Export/Save (top right) and .
- Identify additional relevant articles, open and export them to RefWorks.
- Move your citations from Stage 3
- Once you have several citations included in EndNotes, click on the Output Style Manager button.
- Select the American Political Science Association style as your favourites.
- Click on create a bibliography and select an output style and file type.
- Select either download or email the access the bibliographic file