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Library & Research Readiness Series for Canvas Commons

This series contains modules for use in Canvas course shells. Each module is dedicated to exploring information literacy and/or library use topics, each intended to offer an asynchronous method of delivering content to prepare students for academic resear

Citation Managers 101

This module (Library & Research Readiness: Citation Managers 101) has the following Goals and Learning Outcomes:

After completing this module, students will:

  1. what citation managers are used for
  2. what to look for while choosing a citation manager
  3. how to import a citation to a citation manager
  4. how to use a citation manager to add citations to a document

It was built with the following components:

  • Goals for the module (student learning outcomes)
  • Pages with text and visual information to discuss and define what citation managers are, their purpose, and how they work
  • Four (4) videos covering how to use basic citation manager tools:
    • How to Add a Reference (3:04 min.)
      • Demonstrates drag and drop methods of putting references into a manager.
    • How to Edit a Reference (4:27 min.)
      • A focus on how to edit your reference within the manager once imported.
    • ​​​​​​​How to Use the Word Plug-in (5:49 min.)
      • ​​​​​​​Demonstration on how to work within Microsoft Word's plug-in feature for citation managers.
    • Using the Web Importer (3:56 min.)
      • Demonstration on how to grab references from the web.
  • A link to a brief online feedback survey, so that students can share their feedback with the Library.

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Find the module here in Canvas Commons.