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Navigating Our Digital World - Fall Conference 2017: Manage

Explore how to find, verify, and manage digital information for research and learning.


Zotero is a free citation-management tool. It works best if you can install either a browser plug-in or a stand-alone application on your own computer. If you are frequently using CC lab computers or other computers that wouldn't allow you to install software, you might not want to use Zotero and try the web-based RefWorks instead.

Some people find Zotero easier to use than RefWorks, and Zotero's method of adding items to your collection with a simple click in the browser's location bar is quite elegant.

We don't officially support Zotero at the CC library, but some of the librarians have used the software. Contact Steve Lawson if you want someone to try and puzzle out a Zotero question with you.


RefWorks is a website where you can save the citations to books, articles, and other references you are using in your research. You can then use RefWorks to create bibliographies and even footnotes in the citation style you select. You can use APA, Chicago, MLA, or any of several hundred other styles used by journals, publishers, and other organizations.

RefWorks is a service that the CC library subscribes to, and CC librarians can teach you to use the site or answer your questions.

To use RefWorks, you need to go to the RefWorks website while on the CC campus and click the link to sign up for a free account.

In addition to getting help using RefWorks from CC librarians, you can use the RefWorks Support Resources web page, or try the RefWorks YouTube channel for instructional videos.

Note: In the summer of 2017, CC updated from an older version of RefWorks (now called "Legacy Refworks") to the newest version. If you have an existing Legacy Refworks Account, you can watch this video for information about migrating to the new version.


Evernote is a tool that allows you to capture typed notes, photos, files, web pages, and many other types of information, organize them as notes, notebooks, and "stacks" of notebooks. All your notes are searchable and web-accessible. Depending on your account, you can synch with a few personal devices, or as many as you like. If you have friends or colleagues who use Evernote, you can share notebooks with them.

Evernote makes it easy to clip web pages into your notes with a browser extension.

The basic account is free, and is functional enough that you might decide to use Evernote and never upgrade to a paid account. Paid accounts allow you to synch to all your devices (instead of just two in the free account) and to upload more data per month.

Evernote is a commercial product and CC has no official relationship with Evernote.