Stressing the significance of quality references when conducting research, a one-day reference management seminar-workshop was conducted at the St. Ezekiel Laboratory, September 12.
The said seminar-workshop, composed of two sessions, was the third activity for the Research Enhancement Seminar-workshop Series for Students (RESSS) that covers the following topics: importance of quality references in doing research; Identifying quality references; sources of quality references (open source and subscription); online reference management tool installation and its use; use of a reference management tool in collecting and organizing literature; collecting and completing metadata; and automatic citation and reference list generation through integration of reference database to Microsoft Word.
The activity encourages the use of reference management tools to facilitate efficiency in the conduct of research.
“The researcher using this reference management tool has the record of all his literature readings and all important information in just one place, which makes it very easy to locate through tags and notes, and the integration to Word enables him to cite the source easily during his manuscript writing,” Dr. Mona Freda Secondes, Research and Development Office Director, said.
Secondes also added that with this state-of-the-art tool for researchers, all cited literature could be generated automatically into a list in just one click, and the bibliographical entries can be converted from one referencing style to another efficiently.
“Patience is needed to learn the reference management tool, but once you’ve mastered it, it’s like doing difficult tasks in a click! First-time users say it works like magic!” Secondes said.
RESSS is a program of the Research and Development Office that provides a range of research-based seminars and workshops which seek to aid students in producing quality research outputs.