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Tips for Managing Research

If you're working on a semester long project, a thesis or dissertation, or any long-term research project, you will probably find yourself wanting to organize and manage your research. This guide includes resources to help you keep up. Here are some tips for getting started:


The Vanderbilt Libraries subscribes to BrowZine, a new mobile device application (iOS and Android) that allows you to browse, read and follow thousands of the library’s scholarly journals, all in a format optimized for your iPad or Android device.

With BrowZine, you can:

  • Browse and read journals by subject, easily review tables of contents, and download full articles
  • Create your own bookshelf and be notified when new articles are published
  • Save articles for off-line reading or export to services such as DropBox, Mendeley, RefWorks, Zotero, Papers and more

To start using BrowZine, use the widget to the right or the buttons at the bottom of the page to download the app to your device. Once you've downloaded, getting started is easy! From your device, find BrowZine in the Apple App, Google Play or Amazon App store and download it for free. When launching BrowZine, select Vanderbilt University from the drop down list. Enter your VUNet ID.

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If you are not on your device, simply remember the URL below!


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Instapaper gives a you a "Read Later" bookmark that you can drag-and-drop onto your browser toolbar. When you find something you want to read later, just click the bookmark.

webpages         instapaper app

Instapaper sends a copy of the page to your personal archive that you can access through your browser, Kindle, iPhone, or iPad. You additionally have the option to "strip" the text of all images and ads for easier reading.

Readability app

Readability is a web and mobile app that removes all the clutter on a website (ads, sidebars, images) so you can read them comfortably. You can save articles to read later and even syncs with the Amazon Kindle.

pocket allows you to save anything you find online to read or view late. You can put articles, videos into Pocket.

You can save directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Facebook, Flipboard, Pulse and Zite. You can alsoI view saved items on your phone, tablet or computer. No Internet connection is needed. 

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What is Citation Management?

Citation management software is utilized by scholars to create personal bibliographical repositories.  These entities house the bibliographical information of articles, books, and other documents found by researchers.  In addition to housing bibliographical information, these programs can also generate bibliographies, formatted to the user's preferred citation style.

Zotero is one of the more widely used tools on the Vanderbilt campus.