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Managing Research

The Libraries provide support for scholarly research and publishing through all phases of the process. The Subject Liaison Librarians are research partners, saving time and increasing the visibility and impact of the work.

Smart Data Management is Critical

"The work that BC librarians have done--specifically involving data services and data management training for graduate students--is an essential component of a doctoral researcher's education. Proper data management techniques are critical to the research process, and students should learn early on in their graduate careers the various services that are available to them through the libraries."

- A recent PhD Chemistry graduate

Need help with best practices for managing your data? Contact our Data Services Group

Citation Tools: Zotero

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Use Zotero to help you to collectmanage, and cite your references. With Zotero you can attach PDFs, notes, and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.

  • Free & open-source with a robust user community & documentation
  • 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
  • Storage: desktop unlimited; cloud 300mb free

Download Zotero | BC Zotero guide

Data Management Plans

Use the Boston College Libraries DMPTool to create your Data Management plan.
Includes grant guidelines and sample language.

Formulate a Data Management Plan for Grants

Got Data?

Data Management Plans (DMP) are required by many government funding agencies. Subject Librarians can assist researchers in writing the DMP. The Data Management Plan guide provides best practices for writing a successful DMP.

More reasons to preserve your data!

  • Important journals require data inclusion
  • It is responsible research practice
  • Prevents risk (to you and the University) of data loss
  • Shared data (“open access”) has a higher citation rate!

Need help with your data? Contact: Data Services