UCSC Lab 3

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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.

Stage 1


  1. Go to the UCSC website at: lib.ucsc.edu.
  2. Under the Help menu select Start Your Research and then Keep Track of Your Research.
  3. Create an EndNote account.
  4. Once in EndNote create a New Folder (top left) and name it POLI101.

Stage 2


  1. Return to the UCSC library website.
  2. Click on the Research tab (white on red at top left) .
  3. Select Journals (Online & Print)
  4. Search for articles related to the dependent variable selected for your work.
  5. Refine your search by clicking the box named Scholarly Journals (top left) and adjusting the Publication Date slider (bottom left).
  6. Locate and open an article which helps you identify one or more possible independent variables.
  7. Click on Export/Save (top right) and .
  8. Identify additional relevant articles, open and export them to RefWorks.
  9. Move your citations from Stage 3


  1. Once you have several citations included in EndNotes, click on the Output Style Manager button.
  2. Select the American Political Science Association style as  your favourites.
  3. Click on create a bibliography and select an output style and file type.
  4. Select either download or email the access the bibliographic file