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Writing an Educational Research Paper


Citation Tools

The following guide contains tips on writing a research paper in Education.

Citation: APA

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BC Zotero Guide

  • Free & open-source
  • Robust user community & documentation (no customer support)
  • Sync desktop app with cloud-based account
  • Store and organize records and PDFs
  • Share citation records with anyone
  • Plugins/Add-ons for MS Word, Google Docs, and Libre Office



Mendeley Tutorials

  • Free: developed as OS, then bought by Elsevier
  • Desktop app or Cloud-based (Cloud-based not enabled to export records to another citation manager)
  • Auto-retrieval of citation info from PDFs
  • Crowd-sourced citation database
  • Influence metrics
  • Plugins/Add-ons for MS Word, OpenOffice

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ProQuest RefWorks

BC RefWorks Guide

  • Free to BC users and alumni as long as BC maintains account
  • Web-based: use on any computer (Word plug-in local to your computer)
  • Integrated with library catalog and most databases
  • Share citation records with other RefWorks users
  • Plugins/add-ons for MS Word and Google Docs
  • New RefWorks has been buggy



Endnote Training

  • Cost paid by individuals or BC departments or labs
  • Desktop App
  • MS Word and OpenOffice plugins
  • Advanced functions for organizing, citing, and creating bibliographies
  • Customizable
  • Handles large numbers of references