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Searching the Literature for Animal Testing Alternatives: A Tutorial: Step 1 : Manage Your Search & Results

Tutorial for researching alternatives to animal research

Created by Health Science Librarians

Manage Your Results

Keeping track of what databases you have searched, what keywords and questions you used in each database, and the results from each search can be a time-consuming and tedious enterprise, but it is critical.  UNC-CH supports several online citation management programs that can help you organize and manage your literature search results.

Citation management software programs have some major advantages over card files and spreadsheets, though these are also valid options.

  • You can import abstracts from many databases directly into these programs instead of having to cut-and-paste.
  • You can organize and attach notes to each included reference. 
  • You can automatically format your stored citations according to a huge variety of styles, including APA, MLA, AMA, and more.
  • You can export an automatic report or file of your saved citations, with or without annotation.

Comparing reference managers

Zotero Sciwheel (formerly F1000Workspace)
HSL Online Guides EndNote Zotero Sciwheel (formerly F1000Workspace)
Classes at HSL EndNote Classes   Sciwheel Classes
Cost $108 for students, faculty, & staff through UNC-CH
Zotero is free Free through UNC-CH
Notes See EndNote Basic guide for further details on the free online version   Use this link to create account.  Select No, I'm a new user then select password.
How is it used? Computer
+ Web
+ Web
Major citation styles?
Annotation of PDFs
Locate full-text using UNC-CH subscriptions
Instructions for EndNote

Instructions for Zotero

Instructions for Sciwheel
Adds citation from a PDF
Sharing options X7 and above users have sharing options / email compressed libraries See group options here
Share unlimited projects and manuscripts
Free online storage EN21- three year access to EndNote Web with unlimited storage 700+ papers
(more space can be purchased)
Word Processor Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word
Google Docs
LibreOffice (all)

Microsoft Word
Google Docs
Manuscripts for Mac